Connecting with Parents Through Classroom Observations

Connecting with Parents Through Classroom Observations

Classroom observation is a tool that can be used to help teachers communicate with parents. Teachers should be able to observe and evaluate their student's progress, but they should also use classroom observations as a way of communicating with parents.

This blog post will give you an overview of what classroom observation is, why it's important and how you can use it as a tool for communicating with parents


Benefits of Classroom Observations

Classroom observations are a great way for teachers to communicate with parents. They allow teachers to identify student issues and provide an opportunity for teachers to recognize student strengths.

The benefits of classroom observations include:

  • Improves communication between teachers and parents
  • Allows teachers to identify student issues
  • Provides an opportunity for teachers to recognize student strengths and help understand modern education

Types of Observations

Informal observations

These are quick and informal and can be done by teachers or parents. They're used to assess what's going on in the classroom and give feedback to the teacher about how well students are learning. For example, if you notice your child struggling with a certain skill or concept during an informal observation, you can ask them to explain it to you so that you can help them at home.

Formal observations

These are more formal than informal ones, but still not as formal as teacher-led ones (which we'll get into next). A formal observation involves someone coming into your child's classroom and observing him or her while they're working on specific tasks related specifically to their grade level (for example kindergarteners might have an activity where they need to write their name). Afterwards, this person will meet with the teacher privately so they can discuss what was observed during those tasks--and any suggestions for improvement--before returning home with some ideas about how best to use this information moving forward!

How to Prepare for Observation

Before you conduct your classroom observation, it's important to have a plan. The following steps will help you prepare:

  • Create expectations. Set the tone for how parents should interact with their child and other students during the observation. For example, let them know that it is not appropriate for them to ask questions about grades or specific assignments during this time; instead, they should focus on observing their child's behaviour in class and interacting with teachers as needed.
  • Practice the process of conducting an observation with another teacher or administrator who has experience doing so (and who can offer feedback). This will allow both of you to become comfortable with how things work before trying them out in front of parents!
  • Create feedback loops so that we can continue improving our practices over time by incorporating what we learn from each interaction into future ones with families at school events like open houses or parent-teacher conferences."

The Role of Technology in Classroom Observations

The use of technology in classroom observations is a growing trend. Teachers are using video recording, virtual classroom observation tools and data and analytics to improve their practice.

Video recordings can be used as part of observation or used by teachers to review their own practice. Teachers have reported that they feel more confident about what they're doing when they have recorded evidence to support their teaching decisions.

The Benefits of Using Technology

There are many benefits to using technology for classroom observations. First, it saves time and money by eliminating the need for teachers to travel from school to school. Second, it enhances accuracy by allowing observers from different locations or schools to observe the same lesson at the same time. Finally, this method provides a more comprehensive picture of the classroom because it allows for multiple perspectives on how students interact with one another and respond to instruction.

Best Practices for Classroom Observations

As you conduct classroom observations, it's important to create a supportive environment for both parents and teachers. Teachers should focus on student behaviour rather than the parent's behaviour during the observation. The goal of observation is not to criticize or judge; it's for teachers and parents to work together in order to improve student achievement.
Parents should be given data from previous years so they can see how their child has progressed over time. If there are areas where improvement is needed, provide feedback on what needs improvement as well as how teachers can help students achieve success in those areas. Parents appreciate receiving timely feedback so they know what steps need to be taken next by both parties involved (teacher/parent).

The Impact of Student Development

Classroom observations are a great way to improve communication between teachers and parents. They allow teachers to share their lesson plans with parents, which helps them understand what their child is learning in school.
Parents can also use this information as a tool for helping their children at home by reinforcing the concepts they learned in class or providing additional practice with certain skills. This type of collaboration between teacher and parent has been shown to have positive effects on student development, such as improved academic performance and higher self-esteem.


To sum up, classroom observations are a valuable tool for teachers to communicate with parents and guardians. They provide an opportunity to share information about student progress, behaviour, and overall performance in school. Moreover, they help teachers understand their students better and make appropriate adjustments in their teaching styles to support their learning. As such, classroom observations can be a win-win for the entire education community

May 11, 2023