I cannot stress the importance of effective communication between the teacher and the parents. When working with parents, the best thing to do is be honest and be sensitive! Remember…that you are talking about their most valuable thing in their lives.
I also feel that when consistent communication is kept with parents, you will be better equipped to have effective classroom management. Regardless of your behavior management system or reward system, when you contact parents regularly, they will be more apt to listen and respond to a behavior problem. This communication can be made through a student communication log, student calendar, or separate notes, etc.
Here are examples of the parent communication I use in my classroom each week.
I copy the monthly Snack and Happenings pages together. I have noticed that the fonts I use have adjusted some of the words. Sorry!
The students will benefit most if the parents and teachers work together as partners in the student’s education!