Standard 4: Role of Parents and Home

Educators understand, respect and support the role of parents and the community in the education of students. Educators communicate effectively and in a timely manner with parents and consider their advice on matters pertaining to their children.

Artifact: letter to parents, personal profile, and field trip photo.

In consideration of the teachers’ job action during the 2011/2012 school year, there were limited opportunities to interact with students’ families. In spite of that, I demonstrated an understanding of the value of parental input and communicated with students’ families at every possible opportunity.

At the start of my short practicum in January, I sent home a letter, which introduced myself, outlined the duration of my stay, and my role in the classroom. In addition, I also took the initiative to make a personal profile and posted it at the front of the classroom for the students and their families to see. I always greeted the parents and guardians with a smile and took time to address concerns when warranted. On days when students were kept after school and the parents and guardians were kept waiting, I always ensured that I explained the reasoning behind such actions. When parents and guardians were concerned about lesson material missed during students’ absences, I communicated all necessary information and passed on relevant worksheets and forms.

For an Aquarium field trip in May, I handed out the field trip forms and collected the permission slips and the fees, effectively communicating with the parents and guardians. On the day of the field trip, I was in frequent communication with the parent volunteers regarding the scheduling and the where-abouts of the students.

In conclusion, I understand the importance of a well-informed and caring school community, and its impact on the growth of individual students. I value parental input and take all the necessary steps to ensure an open, two-way communication between parent guardians and myself.