How important is communication between school and home? Of the most important problems facing the teacher's "lack of communication between school and home"? Especially in high school.  Is communication between the student's parents and teachers in school is necessary? How to make communication between school and home is easy for the teacher and the student?

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I think communication is critical to the success of students in school so that parents know what's going on in the classroom.  That being said, it's not practical for teachers to discuss each day individually with each parent, but sending out mass emails about what went on that day or posting information on a website can be very helpful to parents. 

However, while I think the communication needs to continue through the school years, I also think that it should taper off as students get older.  When teachers email the homework each night to parents in middle school or high school, the students quickly learn that they don't have to write it down which can be a bad habit. 

So, while the messages may change and the customization isn't unique to each student, it is important to have regular communication between teachers and parents!

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Communication between school and home is one of the parts on the evaluation for teachers in our district. I just got evaluated and my principal marked me down for not doing it as much as I "should".  I asked him about my website, though, because that is 24 hour information that I update every day. He was taken aback and realized that I had a point, but he didn't change the score that he gave me on that one; which, according to his rubric was "basic" instead of "proficient" or "distinguised". Hence, my goal is to use our grading website to use for mass emails that refer to my website when anything new and important is posted. As a parent, I have to know what's going on with my son so I take the initiative to contact her. Sometimes I think if a parent cared, they would do the same and contact me, but as the professional in the situation, I need to step up.

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Communication between school and home is important but I don't think I would classify it as being "the most important problem" faced by teachers.

One of the challenges with any communication is insuring that meanings are being clearly delivered and understood. Parents may use "selective hearing" if they don't want to face concerns being presented by teachers; teachers may discount parental statements as "rose-colored glasses" regarding student behavior; and there are many other examples that could be cited. The key is to attempt to establish open and honest communication based on a sincere commitment to do what is best for the student. When teachers, parents, counselors, and administrators all have challenges of time and numbers of students to track, this can be difficult to say the least!

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Communication between school and home is important.  As a parent, I want to know what my child is doing at school.  Of course, not every parent feels the same way.  The main form of communication between teachers and parents often takes a generic form such as progress reports or basic information about events and such.  A teacher should attempt to contact a parent if there is a specific problem, issue, or information a parent needs to know.  This isn't always negative like a discipline problem.  It could be very positive, such as Jane Smith is very gifted and might want to consider taking an honors/AP course next semester.  

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Communication between school and home is very important, but there is a limit to what a teacher is able to do. No parent likes to get a surprise F on a report card, or to find out that their child is in ISS for misbehavior when they have not been contacted about these things.

However, phone calls home take a surprisingly long time to conduct. If a teacher is willing to donate large chunks of time at home making these calls and sending the emails, they could probably cover most of their students. But during a planning period at school it's not possible to call more than two or three parents a day. So, you have to focus on the students who need the contact the most. That means you won't be making the "positive" calls to give the student a pat on the back for good work or behavior.

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My approach has always been to use whatever method of communication the parent prefers.  I try to communicate with them however they communicate with me.  For example, if a parent usually e-mails me, I will e-mail the parent when I need to talk to him or her.  The internet and e-mail make everything much easier these days, but I realize not all parents have access to them.

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I agree with the previous post.  Teachers do not know each student's circumstances.  We do not know which student's parents would be concerned if they were getting a "C" and which would be "happy" (and which would not care no matter what).  We send out progress reports in the middle of each quarter.  At that point, it is the parent's responsibility to contact us if they see things that are worrisome.  We do automatically contact parents whose kids are failing, but it does seem that the parents should bear the burden here so that teachers are not having to waste their time contacting parents who do not think there is a problem with their student.

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It is important to remember that teachers often have 100+ students in their classrooms, and communicating with all of their parents in a meaningful way can be very onerous if not impossible. So, in short, communication needs to be a two-way street, and it needs to involve a number of different methods- email, notes home, phone calls, text messages, etc. Most teachers appreciate contact from parents, and vice versa. 

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