As a Hudson parent, over the last few school days, you may have experienced spontaneous teacher-initiated “check-ins” by the classroom door, official parent-teacher conferences, and a closed-door meeting with the School Director. No, your children are neither in trouble, nor are they gifted.
They are being co-taught by the school community in tandem with their family. We are education partners. Its imperative for all of us to communicate in a meaningful way. And to do so whenever and wherever possible.
In “How to Tell if Your Child is Transitioning Well” specific, individualized conversation with school staff is highlighted as a top factor in assuring smooth school-year sailing. Unfortunately, we all know instances where “individualized meaningful school communication” is nothing but an oxymoron and a marketing phrase.
“The ABC’s of Communicating with Your Child’s School” put out by Putnam City School System, literally correlates a helpful tip with each letter of the alphabet. It’s a thorough and exhaustive list. Ask questions whenever you have a concern, Build your child’s confidence with regular communication, Clarify language you don’t understand….
Don’t worry, we are not going through the whole piece… You can click the link for more information on the basics of information-sharing and its importance.
There is a cornerstone to making all this work though, because school communication can be wrought with frustration, worry, and let’s face it, some pretty strong egos.
Simply, yet not to be underestimated, what you say and how you say it has tremendous impact on the effectiveness of school communications. Positive relationships are built on positive language. Kind, gracious, appreciative and cooperative words focus conversations on successful outcomes. They model for our children how we wish to be spoken to. They break barriers, and build firm foundations.