Niki and Alfreds story about their Daughter Gina was very inspiring and did an amazing job in bringing awareness to this rare mental disorder. I was very touched and impressed by Nikis determination to research everything she could about SLOS instead of just listening to the doctors so she could be an active advocate for her daughters treatment and care.
Nicki and Ginas story made me realize that as a teacher we have a duty to inform and educate parents that they have a voice when it comes to the care and education of their child . There are many ways that teachers can encourage parents to voice their opinions, concerns, and ideas including 1.Parent teacher conferences2.Emails3. Notes4.PTA
Teachers can hold quarterly, monthly, or even weekly parent teacher conferences with parents so that they can voice their concerns with their child's education and the teacher can update parents on the success of their child in the classroom. Parent teacher conferences are a great way to establish trust between parent and teacher.
Teachers can send home notes with their children to give to their parents to inform them of what is going on in the classroom and any updates about their child's success or failures and the note will once again state that parents can email or call the teacher with any concerns and set up a meeting if needed
the PTA is an amazing way for parents to share their opinion's about their children's education because it is a meeting with parents and teachers all in one room. Teachers and parents discuss curriculum and anything they would like changed within it. Parents can voice their concerns directly to the teachers and there will be a vote had on any changes they want made
Teachers should establish from the start of the school year that parents can email them at any time with any questions they might have, this will alleviate some stress with parents because they know they have an open line of communication with their child's teacher.