Reflection 8: Establishing Trust Between Students And Families

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Reflection 8 Establishing trust between students and families can be a difficult task to accomplish. This can be in large part due to the fact parents are so protective of their child, because they want them to be safe. It also can be due to the feelings of being overwhelmed with such an overloaded schedule filled with meetings with teachers, support staff, special needs services, doctors, psychologists, and transition services. In many cases the life of a parent with special needs is much like running a marathon with little or no breaks. Making the parent understand he or she is not alone and you are there for them is important. When a parent understands that they are supported by the teacher and you are there to help them for the benefit …show more content…
This trust is built over time, but this will require interaction, such as: meetings face to face, phone calls, emails, and conferences. The best form of interaction for parents in my opinion is phone calls or texting, because they can be occur daily and regularly. Sending home a binder each day with homework, classroom news, and work samples from class with also demonstrate what student is learning in class. This will also help the family and parents to value the education received by their child and improve confidence in the teacher of his or her child’s class. Being trustworthy is another important component of a teacher and I believe this is extremely important to a child’s family and parents. To develop the title of trustworthy, families and parents need to believe they can trust the teacher to follow through with what they say or do. For example, if I schedule a meeting with parents, then the meeting should proceed accordingly unless notice has been given of conflict or change. To do this I need to communicate effectively with parents and extend knowledge of deadlines to parents regularly. This can be accomplished with emails weekly and newsletters each …show more content…
Working at getting to know my students as individuals is an important start. To find out their interests it is usually a good idea to initiate this with some form of discussion or student survey. As the teacher, I would utilize both of these. First, my students will fill in a survey asking what they are interested in (i.e., what are your hobbies, interests, favorite subjects, and favorite books, etc.). Next, my students will pair up with a student in the class and share their surveys and after each interaction the students will continue to rotate until they have met every student in the class. This will initiate peer interaction and facilitate social comfort for the students. Afterward, I will collect these papers and use them to review each student’s profiles to better understand each student in the class. Each day in class, I will present the current events with the classroom sharing what happened such as sporting news, TV events, school activities, and changes in politics. These topics will engage students in what is happening in the world and also will allow them to share ideas and thoughts. This activity will get students to share what 's on their minds, they will begin to see I am not just another adult, but someone who is genuinely interested in

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