As your child goes off to school each day, its important to stay informed about what happens while they’re there. While you do have to depend on their teacher, it’s important to do your part as well to maintain a good ongoing dialogue.
Here are four tips for proactively communicating with your child’s teacher.
1. Show up
One of the first steps in creating great parent-teacher communication is to just show up. Make sure you go to the parent teacher nights and get to know your child’s teacher.
The majority of a child’s weekday is spent at school, so it is important to see what your kids are experiencing throughout their days. Try to stay involved and attend school activities whenever possible.
2. Stay in touch
Make sure the teacher has your contact information. Stay in touch throughout the school year and keep up with your child’s progress. Let the teacher know they can call you whenever necessary and what would be the best way to contact you.
It’s important for teachers to know they can reach out to you for any reason regarding your children. Be available to answer questions they might have concerning your child.
3. Adjust your methods
Learn about the teacher’s communication style. From year to year each teacher will have a different personality type and may have different preferred methods of communication. As a parent, you have to adjust to a new teacher every year and find out the best way to communicate with each one.
Not only are all teachers different, but all children are different as well. Have a dialogue with the teacher about the best way to communicate with your child. This is especially important to remember if you have a child with special needs or specific medical needs.
4. Keep an open mind
Although at times it may be difficult, remember to keep an open mind when discussing your child. If an issue or problem arises, let the teacher know they can turn to you for help. At the minimum, you’re available for a healthy discussion about what is taking place.
Know that your child may make some mistakes in the classroom , so be open to listening to feedback. Not all parents realize that kids behave differently around their friends than they do at home. It is always important to keep this in mind when having these types of conversations.
It will take some work! You need to put forth effort, and not just rely on the teacher. But it will be worth it in the end. It will show your children that you care, and that you think school is important. It also demonstrates respect for the teacher whether you agree with them all the time or not. This models truly good behavior for your kids and in turn they will show teachers the same level of respect.