I just finished reading a very interesting article in the NEA (National Education Association) Today Magazine, Summer 2012. The article, “Parent Partnership Solutions” reported on a survey conducted by Parenting magazine and the NEA. Six of the most common communication challenges reported by the respondents include;
- That more than a quarter of parents feel their biggest challenge is teachers’ lack of understanding their concerns.
- That one in three teachers say their biggest concern is parental misunderstanding of their children’s challenges.
- That a quarter of parents say they feel shut out of the collaborative process and not given opportunities to offer input.
- That only 54% of teachers feel that parents do their part at home to ensure that kids get the most out of classroom learning.
- That only 17% of teachers feel their opinions are taken seriously by parents.
- That less than half of parents feel teachers hold enough conferences or meeting with them.
READS wonders what your concerns are?? Do you agree or disagree with the list above? Please let us know so that we can offer suggestions for how to effectively deal with these challenges – because, as you know, READS believes that you are the ultimate teacher!