The research is indisputable. The more involved parents are with their child’s education, the more successful that child will be in school. Therefore, finding ways as a teacher to reach out to students and their parents is crucial in improving academic performance. Quick and Easy Ways to Connect With Students and Their Parents, Grades K-8 provides strategies to enrich the classroom environment, motivate students, and improve communication with parents. Supplying numerous sample forms, documents, and letters that teachers can use or adapt for their own purposes, author Diane Mierzwik offers simple, classroom-tested methods for building relationships with students and their parents. Designed for both beginning and experienced teachers, this hands-on guidebook includes information on: • Facilitating constructive parent-teacher conferences • Preparing for Back-to-School nights • Reaching out to uninvolved parents • Talking to parents about troubled students • Motivating even the most difficult students • Using e-mail as a communication tool and other time-saving tips The activities, suggestions, and techniques in this book can help any teacher make a substantive impact on the lives of students.
Diane Mierzwik teaches at Parkview Middle School for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District in California. She is also the author of Quick and Easy Ways to Connect With Students and Their Parents, available from Corwin Press, and Wishes in the Field, a middle grade historical fiction novel.