A lot can get in the way of family-teacher partnerships. Sometimes it can feel like we are speaking different languages . . . or that we are from different planets. Other times, it feels like parents are asking me for all of the answers or giving me orders or ultimatums. I'm not always sure what to say.
But there are some things I do to help 'bridge the gap.' For example, I try to communicate with parents as often as I can, even when there are no problems. A phone call about something positive can work wonders.
If we look to Emma's story, we see that Lisa, Emma's math teacher, used some helpful strategies to promote a family-teacher partnership. Lisa took Kathy's perspective and showed empathy. Lisa also sent a message that resonated with Kathy - That she wants to help Emma to succeed.
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