David F. Larson: Good communication key to parent/teacher partnership
High levels of communication foster a positive parent/teacher relationship, which contributes to a student’s success.
But how much contact and interaction is appropriate? When can active parent engagement interfere with a young adult’s necessary maturation and strides toward independence? At what point does a parent go from providing valued hands-on support to becoming an obstacle to a student’s growth?
Sara Mosle, a teacher and journalist, addressed this issue in a recent piece in the New York Times. She offers the following practical guidelines for how best to reduce the mutual anxieties and establish the kind of trust that is essential to respectful and productive parent/teacher communications:
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