Reflections on how to communicate effectively as an expat teacher.
Getting to Know You
To most effectively communicate with my parents, I start each August with an introductory letter making known my life story, my summer professional development and my latest vacation experience. In this letter, I set specific parameters regarding communication. I instruct parents that I expect to be able to rest and recharge, each night. Thus, I politely and gently remind the parents that a tired teacher is an ineffective teacher. For the most part, the parents are extremely respectful of my time and I rarely need to communicate with parents past 7:00 PM at any point in the school year. I inform parents that I check my emails three times each day and I make it a point to reply to all of my emails within three hours of receiving them in my inbox. I am dutiful in replying to my emails promptly. I have had many…
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