Getting to Know Your Child’s Teacher
One of the things that is highly recommended when starting a new school year is to get to know your child’s teacher. Starting new with a teacher you may or may not have had contact with is sometimes a bit scary. We are starting a new chapter in our lives and our children’s lives. My daughter is just starting grade 6! Scary! But getting to know the teacher will make it way easy for both you and your child. Here are a few tips to get to know teacher.
Especially during the first week of school, things are chaotic. This will help teacher know your child’s likes and dislikes, personality, strengths and weaknesses.
2. Be Upfront with the Teacher
Let him or her know that we, as the parents, are not the enemy. If you let them know that you are willing to work with him or her, it lets the teacher know that you are willing to do your part should something happen.
3. Communication is key!
It doesn’t always have to be face to face, although face to face is needed at some point. Whether it’s by email, notes, or PTA; make sure the lines of communication are open.
4. Don’t play the blame game
When there is an issue that needs to be dealt with, it will go a lot smoother if you don’t immediately jump down the teacher’s throat. It puts tension on the situation that doesn’t need to be there. For example, if the child wants you to get involved in something that is bothering them, don’t start freaking out and bad mouthing the teacher. Make an appointment to see the teacher so that you can get both sides of the story, instead of reacting emotionally and making things worse.
5. Make documented notation
Make sure to put any requests, forms, or questions in writing and make copies of it so that you are well prepared for any parent/teacher conferences in the future.
6. Help yourself and the teacher get your child organized
If you and the teacher both help your child get organized , especially at the beginning of the year, the year will go much smoother. For example, your child’s teacher may make a homework/form file so that papers are more organized going home and back to school. Encourage these options and don’t be afraid to suggest alternatives if you feel they would benefit your child.
7. Take an interest in your child’s school life
There is no replacement for you in your child’s eyes when you show up in the classroom.
8. Show the teacher some appreciation
You can show you are grateful to the teacher by volunteering, helping buy classroom supplies or even just surprise them with a gift card for a free coffee. Those are great ways to let them know they are doing a great job.