Recently I was asked to join a panel of teachers at the Beijing International Schools Expo to talk about parent-teacher communication. This is a subject that directly impacts us all and it was interesting to share ideas with professionals in other schools about their experiences in front of an audience of parents.
One of the things I feel about our school BSB, is that there is such a positive relationship between parents and teachers. Often I see parents and teachers happily talking at the end of the school day or having a relaxed conversation in Chatterbox, which is not something you see in every school. Involving translators in parent teacher meetings and communicating in many languages is also something we do here which was not offered by the other schools represented at the expo and once again shows our commitment to positive communication.
Being part of the panel also gave me a chance to reflect upon ways in which we can improve our communication with parents at BSB. I think when things are going well with the students, parent-teacher communication is positive. But it’s when challenges arise that maybe our communication can break down a little and we lose sight of our goals. I believe when parents or teachers have concerns, it is important to be open and honest and show trust in one another. We have to work together as a team, without blame, to find the cause and solution of any problems. We all have the common goal of the personal and academic success of our students and only working together and communicating openly will achieve that.
Earlier this year, I was genuinely delighted to e mail the parents of a child who was voted as School Councillor, and then further overjoyed to see how proud this made his parents. Perhaps we should also all take a little more time to communicate with each other the many successes we have around the school and be proud of the great work parents and teachers do together at BSB.
Update from: Mr. Dan Smith, Assistant Head of Primary
Please click below to read about Beijingkids' report on the panel discussion