Enlisting Parents

Making Praise & Correction Calls


Calling home takes three forms: praising your students for the choices they made in class; enlisting the parents' help in guiding your students towards better choices; and general check-in calls to maintain open communication.

You're on your own for that last one. Just be yourself, Teach! But we've got very specific ideas about how to conduct what we call "praise" and "correction" calls, and about why a teacher should establish a weekly routine for making both.

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Enlisting Parents

Additional Resources

“Phoning Parents” by Mike Goldstein

In this book, Mike Goldstein, the founder of Match Charter Public School and the Match Teacher Residency, provides practical, digestible advice about how to drive better teaching through better communication with parents. "Phoning Parents" will help you systematically build relationships with parents that allow you to get more out of your students and stay sane as a teacher. This book provides a road map for professionals, offering specific tips on different types of phone calls and when to use them, how to manage various parent responses, and how to develop your own high-leverage calling routine with your parents. Phoning Parents is an essential how-to guide for teachers at all levels, school leaders, and anyone else who seeks to build great relationships with children and their families.

“The Effect of Teacher-Family Communication on Student Engagement: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment” (Kraft & Dougherty)

In this this 2012 study conducted among incoming freshmen at the Match High School, researchers attempted to evaluate the efficacy of teacher communication with parents and students as a means of increasing student engagement. Their findings suggested that proactive and reactive home communication significantly boosted participation and homework completion, and reduced time spent redirecting off-task or misbehaving students.

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