Effective Parent Teacher Relationships

Successful parent teacher meetings, parent teacher conferences, and parent teacher interactions of all kinds depend on having an effective relationship with parents

Successful parent teacher meetings, parent teacher conferences, and parent teacher interactions of all kinds depend on having an effective relationship with parents. SMART is a step-by-step process that successful teachers use to establish effective parent teacher relationships.

What is SMART?

SMART is a systematic approach created by a veteran teacher and his colleagues. The SMART process was developed from years of successful practice in many different school settings.

Why SMART?

Successful parent teacher conferences, parent teacher meetings, and other parent teacher interactions, all depend on having an effective relationship with parents.

Establishing a positive relationship with the parents of your students does not happen magically or by chance. Establishing positive parent teacher relationships requires planning and commitment.

There are countless communication strategies and approaches that teachers can take to establish and build parent teacher relationships. SMART is an acronym for five essential strategies that will help you establish positive and effective parent teacher relationships.

Successful parent teacher conferences, parent teacher meetings and other parent teacher interactions depend on having an effective parent teacher relationship

If you follow the SMART approach you will be on your way to establishing positive parent-teacher relationships:

  • START positive communication early
  • MAINTAIN positive communication
  • AFFIRM positives at the beginning and end of every parent contact
  • RESPECT parents by actively listening
  • TEAM with parents to accomplish success

Using these strategies to connect with your students’ families will provide many dividends throughout the school year.

Successful parent teacher meetings, parent teacher conferences, and parent teacher interactions of all kinds depend on having an effective relationship with parents

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