6 Tips on Improving Relationship with your Child’s Teacher

If you are having problems communicating with your child’s teacher, you may want to inquire with parents who seem to be communicating well with the teacher and find out what is working for them and what is not working for them.

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We have found that some parents have found that these 6 things listed below can improve communication with the kid’s teacher.

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  1. Write down your thoughts before speaking with the teacher. It will help to keep you on track and will keep you from forgetting what it is that you want to say. When we get emotional, we tend to forget.
  2. Use” I” statements instead of “You” statements.  This will help to prevent the teacher from taking things personally.  Instead of, “Why didn’t you send me to notice that my child wasn’t turning in her homework?” Try this, “I didn’t know my daughter wasn’t turning in her homework.”
  3. Make a list of the things you and your teacher agree upon. This list will be a collaborative way for the two of you to help your child succeed. 
  4. Bring supportive materials.  It is okay to disagree with your child’s teacher.  Make sure you have samples of your disagreements in order to provide facts to support your point of view. Focusing on facts and data on how your child is doing, will help keep the conversation on how to help your child and how the two of you can support the child.
  5. Look for solutions. I suggest that you clearly identify the problem by using reflective listening. You can ask the teacher what she needs from you as the parent to help your child succeed.  The teacher will let you know.  You then reflect back to the teacher what you heard the teacher say.  You then ask the teacher if she has any solutions that she thinks would help your child.  You can also provide your own solutions to the problem that exists. For example, if you read about accommodation you think may help, suggest it, and ask the teacher for an opinion about it.
  6. Write a follow-up email summarizing what the two of you discussed to keep you both on track and accountability. It can sum up your takeaways and decisions.

The teacher’s attitude determines the atmosphere in the classroom.  The greatest prediction of achievement is the student’s perception of “Does the teacher like me?”  When students think of someone who is caring and understanding they should think of the teacher and the parents. 

Teach your child to be responsible students and they become responsible by empowerment though choices and problem-solving.

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For Good Classroom Management a Teacher Must Have:

  1. A warm, caring environment.
  2. Ways to meet the basic needs of the students.
  3. Strategies for preventing discipline problems.
  4. Intervention strategies for dealing with misbehavior.
  5. An understanding of conflict and how to resolve it.
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