If you’ve noticed signs in your child that concern or confuse you, talking to the teacher is a good first step. Sharing information can give you a better idea of what’s going on.
But the relationship doesn’t stop there. The teacher is an important partner in getting answers and finding the best ways to help your child thrive. Together you can explore strategies to use in class and at home. And you can talk about other ways to support your child at school.
Learn why it’s important to engage and partner with the teacher, and how to do it.
How working with the teacher helps you and your child
You and your child’s teacher share a common goal: Providing the best learning experience for your child.
Working with the teacher can give you an even better understanding of your child. It also gives you the chance to share concerns about what’s happening at home that the teacher may or may not be seeing in school.
For example, the teacher might tell you your child gets frustrated about assignments and says things like “Why do we have to learn this?” Maybe you see the same frustrated reaction when it comes to homework.
By keeping each other informed, you can come up with consistent ways to respond to frustration at home and at school.
Knowing that you’re working together can boost your child’s confidence, too. When you and the teacher have the same expectations and use the same language, it shows your child that everyone’s on the same page.
How working with you helps the teacher
Understanding what your child has trouble with (and your child’s strengths and interests) helps the teacher build an
approach to learning that works
for your child. It also helps the teacher predict what might be hard and figure out what
kind of support would help.
Having that information makes it easier for the teacher to engage your child in learning. For example, say writing is a struggle and the teacher knows your child has a passion for dogs. The teacher could find a way to work something about dogs into a writing assignment.
How to engage your child’s teacher
Partnering with your child’s teacher starts with an open conversation about your child’s challenges. You don’t need to wait for parent-teacher conferences. Reach out to the teacher as soon as you notice differences or difficulties.
Here are three ways to engage with the teacher to get your child the best support.