As you pack lunches and plan outfits for the first day of school tomorrow, I want to share a few tips from the teacher on how to have a successful school year.
You might be wondering, “Will the teacher like my child?” “Will she accomodate my child’s needs?” “Will the teacher get mad if I share a concern?” “How can I support my child’s teacher?”
But I’ll let you in on a secret, teachers face the new school year with questions too. “Will the parents like me?” “Will I have a good class this year?” “Will I have parent support?”
While there are many practical things you can do to support the teacher, the first and foremost way is through communication. The number one rule of communication is that when you have a question, comment or concern, go to the teacher. Your child’s teacher can only address the issue if he/she knows about it.
Think of your child’s teacher as a partner. In a partnership, you both bring something to the table. You know your child better than anyone, so you’re going to have insights into your child’s behavior, learning abilities, social skills, medical conditions and emotional well being that will greatly help the teacher prepare for your child’s education.
I promise you can’t shock the teacher. We’ve heard it all; everything from bathroom issues to custody battles that put celebrities to shame.
Today’s classroom is nothing like the classroom where you and I attended school. Curriculum is more rigorous, teaching methods have changed and expectations are much higher. Your child’s teacher is a professional trained in the field of education and well equipped to build upon your child’s education.
When both the teacher and the parents respect and value one another’s role in this partnership, you become a team working for the best interest of your child.
From time to time, you may not agree on what is in the best interest of your child. In this case, my advice to both parents and teachers is to act, rather than react. Keep in mind that you are both advocating for your child. While no one loves your child the way you do, teachers do come in a close second.
There’s so much more swirling through my mind that I could say. I’m thinking I’ll do a parent education series; perhaps once a month during the course of the school year. So, if there is a topic you’d like me to cover, please comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s to another successful school year!
Until next time,
by Sharon Hines