In the olden days, partnering with your child’s teacher was a rarity, something done only when a problem arose. But today it’s practically a must.
When parents form a partnership with the teacher, it has a powerful impact on the child’s school year. It can transform his educational experience. It can also help his teachers develop a more personalized approach to his instruction. In other words, working with the teacher is one of the best ways you can support your child’s learning needs.
Together, you and the teacher form a team with the common goal of providing the best educational experience for your child.
How Working With the Teacher Can Help You
Working with your child’s teacher can give you a better understanding of the “big picture” at school and in your child’s current grade. It will help you to know what the educational objectives are in your child’s classroom.
“You and the teacher form a team with the common goal of providing the best educational experience for your child.”
For example, when a child is frustrated or unmotivated by an assignment, he may throw up his hands and say, “Why do we have to learn this?” If the teacher has kept you in the loop, you can respond by explaining how this assignment links to other assignments or how it will prepare him for end-of-the year testing. Helping your child understand the point of an assignment can help motivate him to complete it.
How Working With You Can Help the Teacher
From the teacher’s point of view, it’s always helpful to get more insights into each student’s world. Typically a teacher only has the privilege of learning about your child while he’s in her classroom. Because this time is limited, it might take the teacher awhile to get to know him. The information you share will help move this process along.
The more a teacher knows about a student, the better she can teach him. She could suggest ways to approach a writing assignment that involves your child’s interests in, say, bobsledding—something she might not have known about without your partnership.
How Your Partnership With the Teacher Can Help Your Child
The benefits to your child are many. He might feel better about school if he knows that the important people in his life are working together to help him succeed.
This can help your child have a more positive outlook on school and respect for the teacher. Over time this could lead to academic and behavioral progress in the classroom.
Finally, by talking with the teacher, you’re showing your child he can talk to her, too.
There are many ways you can build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. And if your relationship could use some work, there are ways to improve your relationship with a teacher.
On a Personal Note
As a teacher, I’ve always appreciated the parents who contacted me regularly about their child. Our communication helped me create a more personalized curriculum—one that would target the student’s needs and interests. Because we communicated frequently, I also felt it was easier to reach out to those parents about issues in the classroom, both positive and negative.
It’s common for parents to feel unsure of whether or when to contact a teacher, but don’t hesitate. Teachers welcome a partnership with the families of their students because in the end, everyone wins.