Last night parents and educators from across the US and Canada weighed in on our weekly #PTchat Twitter discussion. We discussed an important topic: When Parents & Teachers Disagree. The full Storify archive provides the entire hour-long chat conversation, but below are 10 quotes that captured my reflection.
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“I think disagreements between p/t can be avoided if learning is more visible and accessible – provide windows rather than walls”
“Parents are often asked to support and reinforce the schools rules regardless of if parents agree or have had any input”
“Listening is crucial to partnerships-demonstrates engaging in mutually respectful communication. Difficult to achieve if not f2f”
“For teachers it is very important that you keep very accurate records & work to back up what you state”
“Be honest. Try to see through each other’s lens. It’s not always easy and it takes extra time”
“Sometimes we forget that the parent knows the child even better than we do, preempt problems- ask parent to tell you about child”
“I hold firm that conflict (student or parent) does not exist if they are engaged – my philosophy in classroom as much as w/ parents”
“Parents can be over emotional & as can teachers re their teaching/class; discussions need to focused on what’s best for the child”
“For teachers- admitting we’re not perfect. For parents – admitting our child is not perfect. Honesty helps the child”
“Teachers must be proactive in communication-weekly emails, update websites, twitter, phone calls, progress reports. Invest upfront”
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