The Importance of Partnering with your Child’s Teacher

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School has begun.  It won’t be long before you and your child’s teacher will have your first school conference.  Working with your child’s teacher can benefit you as a parent in the following ways:

  • The teacher will have a chance to learn more about your child.
  • Your partnership with your teacher will have a positive impact on you as the parent, the teacher, and your child as the student.
  • You will also have a bridge to what is happening at home to what is happening at school. You won’t miss out on deadlines and commitments that are required of your child.

A Good Relationship with the Teacher will Help You as a Parent.

Working with your child’s teacher will provide you with ways to support your child’s learning process.  You will both be working to help your child enjoy and excel in the classroom. 

You can exchange information about what is happening at home and what is happening in the classroom.  Your teacher can keep you informed on how things are going for your child in the class.

Your child may be frustrated with things going on at home and the teacher may see the same frustrations in school.  You will then understand that it is not the environment wreaking havoc on your student, but it is the homework itself that is creating the frustration.

You and the teacher can combine your efforts and find consistent ways to help reduce your child’s frustration with the assignment. You will then be able to help your child understand the point of the assignment. 

A Good Relationship with the Teacher Helps the Teacher

When you work with a child’s teacher, the teacher can learn how to interact more effectively with your child.

You as the parent have more experience on what methods have worked in the home and which ones have not worked in keeping your child focused and attentive. This gives the teacher a better understanding of your child.

By sharing your child’s strengths, the teacher can help your child use those strengths to overcome your child’s struggles. 

You can also inform your child’s teacher of your child’s struggles. Then, the teacher will have more empathy when she sees your child struggling and will be able to identify why your child may be acting out. 

The more the teacher knows about your child; the more the teacher can engage your child in the learning process. 

For example, if your child knows a lot about horses and the teacher knows your child struggles with writing, the teacher can incorporate horses into the writing assignment.

The Relationship with your Child’s Teacher helps your Child

If your child knows that you communicate with his/her teacher, your child will feel more confident that the two of you care about him/her.  This relationship will benefit your child.

The ongoing relationship you have with the teacher will help your child feel more comfortable in asking the teacher for help. 

You will empower your child into becoming an independent learner.

Beginning a Partnership with your Child’s Teacher

Schools offer several times a year a conference time for you to sit down with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s behavior and performance in school.  This can be a good time to forge a partnership with your child’s teacher.

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Or, at the start of school, you drop off a back to school letter to your child’s teacher or email the teacher to give him/her your contact information.  You can ask the teacher what his/her preferred form of communication with you is in regard to your child’s behavior or progress.

You will also want to find a way of working with your child’s teacher about your child’s specific learning and attention issues. For more tips on how to improve communication with your child’s teacher, check out here.

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