At the beginning of the year, parents provide invaluable information through a Google Form. I ask them to tell me about their child, their experiences in 5th grade, their social experiences, their concerns, etc.
Then, I start responding to those concerns.
I don't always get to every parent. I start with the ones who are most concerned, or whose student is already struggling.
Like most teachers, I talk to every set of parents for students who struggle. But instead of just talking to those parents, I'm trying to do something I know is good practice but for which I don't always find time.
My goal is to send 5-10 positive parent emails for every time I contact the family of a struggling student.
It isn't just about acknowledging positive behaviour and outstanding work; it's also about changing how I view the class and the students. I know I have a tendency to get negative and critical, especially when things around me are stressful.
These emails don't just impact the student and their parents. It changes me and can even change how I feel.
Also, I have a 100% response rate for these positive emails. Most say that I made their day. Something so small really does make a huge impact.
Try it. See if it doesn't change your outlook entirely.