Now that the children have made the adjustment back into school mode, begin to develop a good working relationship with your child’s teacher. You are both team players working for the best interest of your child. Being adversarial only aggravates the situation and your child will suffer from either embarrassment or not getting the help he/she really requires. The following tips will assist you towards making a good impression.
- Make the effort to open up the lines of communication. Have a face to face introduction with the teacher and your child even before the school schedules a “Meet n’ Greet”. Exchange email addresses to express any concerns that may develop. Teachers may give out their home phone numbers to schedule a phone conversation. Please don’t abuse this privilege by telephoning about unimportant topics.
- Be on time for all parent/teacher conferences. Your child’s teacher has often more than 25 students and their families to interview. If you will be late, contact the teacher to reschedule. He/she may not be able to stay longer at the school to accommodate you.
- Don’t place unrealistic expectations on the teacher. If your child seems bored or gifted, asking for extra work or special treatment may be unfair. However, if your child has issues like allergies, behavioural problems, learning disability, the school will make every effort to accommodate his/her needs.
- Help your child to be prepared each day with lunch made, homework completed and clean clothes to wear. Preparing the night before will make the morning rush less chaotic.
- Be punctual for school – 10 minutes before the first bell. This is a good life lesson for your child as it shows respect for people’s time. Tardy children disrupt their classmates and the teacher in the middle of instructing. If your child will be late arriving by bus or absent from school, please let the school know in a timely manner.
Working together will mean the greatest success for your child. Be open to the observations that your child’s teacher may reveal to you in areas of socialization as well as scholastics that may assist your child. Keeping a positive outlook will mean a terrific school year for you, your child and your child’s teacher.
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