To be an effective teacher it is essential to create an open line of communication between both students and their parents. Parents can offer information about the student’s context at home that may be affecting classroom behavior and performance, otherwise difficult for teachers to understand. By comprehending the whole picture of a student’s life outside the classroom, teachers are able to more effectively educate.
Additionally, open communication avoids awkward or hostile parent-teacher conferences in which the parent is caught off guard by a report that their child is not performing well. In the New York Time article, How Important Are Parent-Teacher Conferences?, New York City middle school teacher Luis Jose Vilson talks about how important it is to keep an open line of communication with parents in order to establish a positive relationship. He states, “As long as I’m doing my job and checking in with her on the phone, meeting her face-to-face seems easy.”