Why a School Should Call a Parent: For the Good Reasons.

Why a School Should Call a Parent: For the Good Reasons.

It’s something parents hear all the time, but it bears repeating. One of the keys to parents and teachers working together is to have good communication. What may not be clear is that communication works both ways. The responsibility for maintaining good parent-teacher communication doesn’t lie solely on the parent.

Come to think of it, should a school call a parent only when a child breaks the rules or when the child performs well in class?

Surprising as it sounds, parents are really happy when they get a positive call from their child’s teacher, even parents of well-behaved students don’t expect it.

Here are the benefits of calling a parent for a positive action

1. Increases the self-confidence of the student - Studies suggest that calling a child’s parents/guardians increases the self-esteem of the child.

This strategy is even more powerful if you make it a point to call the parents of "those kids," the ones your colleagues may warn you about or who come to class withdrawn and a little cautious.

Educators in Nigeria, say that self-confidence really affects the performance of a student, that there’s a significant relationship between self-esteem and students’ academic Achievement.

2. It improves parents’ home involvement with child’s learning - Positive parent-school communications benefits teachers.

The manner in which schools communicate and interact with parents affects the extent and quality of parents' home involvement with their children's learning. For example, schools that communicate bad news about student performance more often than recognizing students' excellence will discourage parent involvement by making parents feel they cannot effectively help their children.

3. It helps teachers learn students' needs and home environment -  Research shows that school-home communication is greatly increased through personalized positive telephone contact between teachers and parents. Remember, when a phone call from school conveys good news, the atmosphere between home and school improves.

When you have good news to share, why wait? Make the call and start a positive relationship with a parent.

If you are a school owner, you might ask how do I keep records of parent’s details? Of course, you could write it in a dedicated notebook or simply save them in your contacts. Both methods would work, but not efficiently.

The notebook is difficult to search and retrieve information from. Even worse is when you have to update the records, you can either cross out the old data or use correction fluid. Either way, your book is going to be a mess.

Saving them in your phone contacts will solve the issues discussed above, but not without introducing new ones. The details are going to get mixed up with other contacts in your device, making it harder to retrieve a contact quickly. Things could escalate if the students’ population increases significantly.  If another staff is recruited to assist, the new staff will have to create their copy of the contacts, and when a change needs to be made, you will need to remember to update the two records.

Or you can use SchoolsFocus. SchoolsFocus makes it easy to store, retrieve, and update the records of all parents in your school. A parent’s information is stored relative to their wards in the school. This presents lots of benefits. Planning an event and you want to know how many households are your school? Easy! Want to give discounts or special considerations based on the number of wards a parent has in your school? It’s all in there and available at the click of a button!

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