Ways that Teachers Can Connect with Parents

Kendra Salazar loves her students. She works hard to make each student feel comfortable in her classroom. She also works hard to build a relationship with the parents of her students. When teachers and parents are able to work together for the good of the student, children will thrive.

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What do you wish you had known before you started teaching?

Much of the work of a teaching career comes outside the classroom: things like paperwork and meetings, trainings, etc.

There is a lot of planning: both lesson planning, and also after school activities, things for the parents, and extra meetings for the students, PTA parties, many little things like that end up taking up a lot of your time outside the classroom.

Imagine doing your job and having 25 little friends following you around- there is so much more to it than just teaching.

What is one of the things you are doing well as a teacher?

I have a really good relationship with the parents. I try to help them feel like they are a part of the classroom environment and I have an open door policy.

I have a lot of siblings come into my class, and I think that shows that the parents feel comfortable with me as a teacher.

I do this by being open with the parents and let them ask any question. I also am understanding about homework and its place in the family life.

Parents are able to communicate with me. I want them to feel like we are on the journey together.

I’m a mother too and I understand how families work and what its like to be busy.