The parent phone call... an often scary and intimidating situation for any teacher, even the most experienced ones. Below is a "how to make a parent phone call" sample script designed to help you make the most of the precious few minutes you have on the phone and ensure you cover the key components during your call.
First and foremost, before you make the phone call, make sure you are fully prepared by having a few important items on-hand to help you with the conversation including:
- Student's portfolio, grades or tests
- Pen and paper ready to jot down any notes
- Your calendar open and ready as parents may request to come speak with you in person
Prepare for the phone call by creating a short bullet list of why you are calling including concerns and positive items such as:
- Something helpful the student has done in class or for a peer
- Concrete evidence of the concern
- Assistance requested from parent
- Timeline for improvement
- Something positive observed in the classroom
Having an outline will help you stay on topic and cover all areas of concern you have. If there are multiple areas of concern, select the two that will have the most immediate impact on the student's learning and save the others for another time.
Click here to download a sample script to follow to ensure that you make the most out of your call home.
For additional tips on effective strategies for communication between teachers and parents, download our tip sheet, "Parent Partnerships 101," which offers our top tips for effective parent-teacher communication.