You should get to know your child’s teacher(s) and how they run their classroom. The same way every child is different so is every teacher. Establishing a relationship early in the year is beneficial to your child, but it is never too late to start. Well, except the last day of school! That’s pretty late if you have concerns about your child’s educational experience. 😊
Teachers see a vast array of parent wants and needs. Everything from demanding straight A’s from their kids, to being happy with a D. Sometimes there are minor academic struggles or classroom behaviors that parents know nothing about until it begins to escalate. You do not want this to happen. Tackle any issues before they become negative habits.
Maintain regular contact with the teachers
Parents who have regular contact with teachers regarding grades and behavior, typically have children with better conduct and performance. The child knows mom or dad will find out about anything negative, so kids begin to make better choices inside, and out, of the classroom.
If you establish a pattern of communication, the teacher will be able to better inform you about your child. The teacher will anticipate your contact, and be more aware of daily occurrences. It might be “Everything is great” or “Johnny needs to work on…”. Either way, you will want to know.
What are the best ways to Contact a Teacher?
Meet them Face to Face
Are they available to talk before or after school? Do they come in early every morning, stay late, or both? Set up a parent-teacher conference if needed. Even a 5-10 minute conversation can make a world of difference. Introduce yourself and let them know what you expect from your child.
Do they need a classroom volunteer or help making copies? Can you help with bulletin boards? Teachers often need some type of assistance. They put their motor in fast forward each morning, and it doesn’t stop until they get home. Any help you offer them is appreciated.
Most schools are technologically advanced enough to have websites and email. If you don’t know the teacher’s email address, check your local school’s website. Email is often easier for teachers to access throughout the day. They typically check it periodically and can respond when convenient.
If you plan to make a phone call, it is better to leave a voicemail or message. If you call during class time, the teacher will likely be unavailable to have a private conference with you. Trying to talk to a teacher when they are responsible for students is often bad for everyone. If you cannot take phone calls from the teacher, perhaps due to work issues, it is not a problem. Simply explain this in your message. Ask the teacher to leave a message for you explaining the best time(s) for you to return a call.
Regardless of your method of contact, remember the old proverb:
You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar!
Interpretation: People are more willing to accommodate your requests if you are polite, rather than demanding.
Remember, teachers are human too. We know you are doing the best job possible raising your child, and you want what is best for them. However, we also know your children are surrounded by numerous environmental influences from other students. If there are issues at home, let us know. We can offer you a wealth of information based on our experience with that age group.