The new school year has just started. Your child is now getting adjusted to new teachers, classmates, different schedule and perhaps even a new school.
This is the time for parents to think about creating a good home learning environment. It is also the time to think about building productive relationships with the other adults at their children’s school.
Building positive parent-teacher relationships can be a very powerful bridge to building a child’s future.
The parent-teacher-student triangle can be a tricky one. Often communication or the lack of forces one part of this triangle to get out of balance. I believe that if positive communication takes place early in the school year, then all sides of the triangle will have a more productive time during the school year. If parents and teachers develop a positive communication at the beginning of the school year, then if a negative situation occurs, both parties will have an easier time handling it.
Here are three simple tips that can guide you to developing positive relationships with your teachers at the start of the school year.
Take a minute to call or email your teacher. Simply introduce yourself and ask if your child is doing well or if they have all the materials needed. Make the phone call short and pleasant. All teachers are very busy trying to get the school year organized. It will help if you keep the first interaction short, positive, and to the point.
Let the teacher know if there is anything specific they need to know or watch for with your child. Making an effort to contact your teacher and communicate the needs of your child can have a positive effect on the way the teacher handles your child. You would be helping that teacher find out what you have been struggling at home and what has been effective for you as a parent. This way the teacher will have a better idea of how they may help your child. You will then help the younger teacher be more prepared in their classroom, and the veteran teacher may give you suggestions on better helping your child. Remember to think win-win. If something is not working, it is much better to hear the teacher out and then come up with possible solutions to the problem. Remember that both parties are, and should be on the same side-helping a child do better at school!
Offer to help
Teachers are very overwhelmed. Offering some help in the their classroom can go a long way. That could be picking up classroom materials, painting the walls, fundraising, etc. You would be surprised how much appreciation you will get for the simplest things. Teachers are overworked. Sometimes it is difficult to realize all the things they need to prepare before they even have a chance to start lesson planning and teaching. A little help can go a long way and it can help your child in the long run!