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Checklists for Communicating with Parents and Students

Lesson 1 Module 1

Aside from teaching great classes, communication with students and parents is a vital part of maintaining a great program. There are different strategies for talking to junior students, their parents and adult students, however. Here are three checklists to help:

When communicating with junior students:

Give frequent, sincere praise.
Spread the wealth as evenly as possible. (Talk to everyone)
Connect with each and every student during every class (Make sure they know that you know they are there).
Only use humor that builds the student up.
If you are wondering if a certain comment is appropriate, don’t say it (In the wondering is the answer).
Do your best to be as enthusiastic as possible.
Show no favorites (It’s natural to have a favorite, but no one should be able to tell who it is).
NEVER say anything to a child that you wouldn’t say if their parents were listening.


When communicating with parents:

Whenever possible, give positive feedback to parents regarding their child’s progress (NOTHING makes a parent happier than hearing about how good their child is doing).
"Spread the wealth" as evenly as possible. (Talk to everyone.)
Never speak down to a parent. In many cases, they are older and have more life experience than you. They should always be treated with respect.
Know the parents; what their interests are; what groups they belong to.
Ask leading questions, such as “What benefits have you seen in your child?” or “how has Martial Arts helped your child?”
Use Praise/Correct/Praise structure with parents when discussing areas of concern about their child.


When communicating with adult students

Give frequent, sincere praise.
"Spread the wealth" as evenly as possible. (Talk to everyone.)
Connect with each and every student during every class (Make sure they know that you know they are there).
Only use humor that builds the student up.
If you are wondering if a certain comment is appropriate, don’t say it.
Do your best to be as enthusiastic as possible.
Show no favorites (It’s natural to have a favorite, but no one should be able to tell who it is).
Generally speaking, adults want specifics on how they can improve. Give it to them.
Never speak down to them. In many cases, they are older and have more life experience than you. Always treat them with respect.
Get to know them: what do they do; what are their interests; what groups do they belong to, etc.

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