Parent, Student & Teacher Contract

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can use parent, student and teacher contracts to improve the learning environment of your classroom. Find out how you can integrate these tools into your teaching and discover how to find or create these contracts.

Purposes of Parent, Student and Teacher Contracts

A parent, student and teacher contract is a written agreement made between the three parties that outline specific objectives or goals. They provide you with a way to communicate your expectations with regards to learning goals and in-class behavior for students, as well as what you need from the parents of your class. These contracts also allow you to easily give your students feedback on their progress. Presenting students and parents with an explanation of the responsibilities in your classroom can make sure that everyone is on the same page and ready to learn.

Types of Classroom Contracts

The exact format of your parent, student and teacher contract will depend on your classroom. You can consider the age of your students, the subject you're teaching and other variables when deciding on the type of contract that would work best for you.

Academic contracts can be used to make sure students understand their academic responsibilities in class. These contracts can deal with attendance, participation or even how they will go about getting help. The parent can agree to support their child's academic endeavors. Teachers can use the contract as a means of ensuring that classroom time is well spent and that their instruction is helping the students.

Behavior contracts focus on how students, parents and teachers agree to work together to promote positive behavior. This may involve the parent showing support for the school rules and the teacher clearly communicating school policies. Students often agree to be respectful to their teachers and classmates and obey class rules.

Homework contracts often involve students agreeing to spend a certain amount of time on their homework, staying organized and minimizing their distractions. The parents part of the contract involves checking homework and providing the assistance that their children need. Teachers might focus on ensuring the the homework is of a reasonable amount and relevant to classroom instruction.

Where to Find Parent, Student and Teacher Contracts

You can find examples of pre-made classroom contracts through a web search. Many of these options are free to download, providing you with a quick, easy way to access these contracts for your pupils. Sites like Education World ( can help you find a contract that will work for you.

You also have the option to design your own contracts. This gives you the chance to personalize the contract for your students, including only the expectations and goals that are important to you. If you're unsure of what you should include in this classroom tool, you can use these lessons to find out more about student learning contracts and student behavior contracts.

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