Developing a Strong Relationship with Your Child's Teacher
When parents and teachers communicate well and work together, everyone comes out ahead—the student, the parents, and the teacher. Here are a few suggestions for working on that relationship:
- Introduce yourself to your child's teacher as soon as possible after the school year begins.
- Tell the teacher what you think is important for him/her to know about your child.
- Let the teacher know that you would like to talk about issues as they arise, not after they have built up.
- Be visible at school functions so that your child sees that home and school contact is important to you.
- Volunteer to help if you are able.
- If you pick your children up from school, take a minute every once in a while to touch base with the teacher about your child's progress.
Many parents find it hard to stay involved when their child has reached the secondary school level. Your teenager may be reluctant for you to be visible around his/her school, or you may find it more challenging to stay in touch with a number of teachers. However, it is just as important for you to stay involved at this level as it was when your child was in elementary school.
If problems do arise, set up a meeting with your child's teacher so you will have the time to talk the issue through and work on solutions together. Briefly let the teacher know what you want to meet about and what you hope can be accomplished by the meeting. When you do meet, remind yourself that, while parents and teachers may have different perspectives on some issues, each brings important information about your child to the discussion. Between parents and teachers, the common ground is the child and a desire to see them do their very best.