Consistently improving communication between parents and educators at One World International School is more than just a goal. It's a practice that we live out on a daily basis. Our administrators and instructors recognise the important role that open communication plays in helping a child meet or exceed their own goals.
"Parents who are supportive and proactive about their children's education are more likely to have children who succeed and do well at school," said Dawn Ross, an early childhood educator. "I think it is also important for the school to be transparent and clear about progress and the achievement of each child in their class when talking to the parents."
Benefits of Open Communication
It allows parents to build relationships with their child's teacher. Parents are able to feel comfortable coming to their child's teacher with any concerns they may have, and teachers can explain what is happening in the classroom in order to increase understanding.
It helps parents better understand their child's progress. Teachers have an opportunity to observe a child's academic growth, emotional development and social needs. They can provide parents with important insight that can help them build their children into strong, confident learners. Ideally, there is an ongoing dialogue between parents and teachers.
It keeps parents informed of what’s happening at the school and allows them to get involved in classroom life. When teachers and parents communicate regularly, teachers can provide parents with information about school events and classroom volunteer opportunities. Parents, when they are made aware of these opportunities, often find themselves excited to participate and be a part of the classroom.
A positive mini-community is created between the child, teacher and parents. This triangular approach to communication allows the child to play an active role in their own education, and it ensures that all parties involved are on the same page. Generally speaking, a positive relationship is able to develop when parents, children and teachers actively communicate with one another.
It helps to make sure that there is consistency in the classroom and at home. Ultimately, both the parents and teachers need to work together to improve the personal, academic and social development of the child. Through communication, both parties can use a consistent approach that will benefit the individual learner.
At OWIS, we keep the lines of communication open in various ways throughout the school year. One of the most important ways that we ensure there is communication between parents and teachers is through our weekly news and parent-teacher consultations.
For more information about communication efforts at OWIS, contact us today.