2. This one might seem obvious, but it's equally just as important as #1: getting to know your students. Invest time in getting to know them. Do they play sports? Siblings? What is each student's favorite subject? All of these things are super important, not only to building rapport, but to lesson planning. If Marjorie doesn't like math, you'll want to try and spice it up for her! If you know that Spencer has Dyslexia and gets embarrassed during "popcorn readings," you may adjust how and when he gets called on to read.
2. Promise to remember that parents, too, are human. And ask parents to remember that you, too, are human. You'll both need to trust in the other, but it all comes back to #1. We are a team!
3. One of my absolute favorite things is collaborating with parents! I'm a well-educated person, but I will admit that I don't have the answer to everything. Sometimes the best thing to do is ask the parent for help. Yes, I just said that. Ask the parent for help. After all, they are the child's parent and they know the child best. Not only does the parent feel like they have a say in their child's education and that you care about their opinion and point of view, but the child will benefit in the long run. It's a win-win.
What advice do you have about building rapport and relationships?