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Over the past few months, communication between home and classroom has undergone a change. The quick transition to distance learning resulted in many teachers having to reach out and rely more heavily on their students’ families than ever before. Now, as many schools begin to transition back to in-person or blended learning, teachers will need to be prepared to continue strengthening the connection between home and classroom. 

If you’re looking for more ways to meaningfully connect with students and their families, here are just a few pieces of advice from teachers on how to do just that:

  • “Have a parent-teacher contact log with updated information that includes emails, addresses, and phone numbers. Use phone apps to communicate with parents. Make sure that ALL of your parents are connected to the application or program you are using. If any of your parents do not have access to the internet, schedule a time that is appropriate for both of you to communicate via a voice call.” — Bilingual Bee
  • “I get this question asked often: ‘Miss May, how do I build relationships with students on the first day of school?’ Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t happen on the first day of school. I build my relationships the day before school starts [. . .] I call each and every one of my students the night before school starts [. . . ] I let them know that I can’t wait for them to be there, I’m so excited for them to be there, but I’m just as nervous as they are.”— One Fab Teacher
  • “If any activities you are sending home require a little explanation to help parents, make a cover letter with tips for those activities, and include pictures of a completed sample when available.” — Brenda Tejeda

For the full list of tips, download the tip sheet below to get all of the recommendations from our Teacher-Author experts.

Confidently navigate the 2020-21 school year with expert Teacher-Author and educator advice in TpT’s Back to School 2020 Guide: For Teachers Creating Tomorrow.