Getting to Know Your Child’s Teacher

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:02
Posted in category School

Often when a school year begins, we are all too busy to get to know our child’s teacher. Then, weeks pass by and before you know it, the first round of conferences arrive. At this meeting, discussing your child is most important, not learning what kind of teacher your child spends his days. By the middle of the year, it almost seems too late to bother making an effort.

As a former classroom teacher, I must say it is never too late to make an effort to meet your child’s teacher and take a moment to get to know the person who spends many hours a day with your child. Teachers may have insights regarding your child that even you don’t have. They are acutely aware of your child’s strengths, weaknesses and how to change undesirable behaviors. You could learn a lot about your child by making contact with his or her teacher.

I had many students whose parents worked full time jobs and couldn’t manage to come in, check out the classroom and chat with me for a few moments. On the other hand, I had many students whose parents worked full time and still had time to come in, check out the classroom and chat. The parents that made the effort not only learned more about their child’s school days, but also showed their child that they cared enough about them to make the effort.

I firmly believe that the student who feels their parents care about them and their education will work harder to perform in class. A student who knows their parent will make a visit to their teacher despite busy schedules understands the importance they have in their parent’s lives and the importance of education in all our lives.

People are often complaining that children these days do not care about learning and do not try hard enough in school. These children need to be shown that the adults they admire most regard learning as one of the most important things a person can do for themselves.

Volunteering in the classroom is a sure fire way to learn about your child’s teacher. If you cannot help on a regular basis, offering to help with class parties is a way to have some influence. Also, you can find out the dates of the parties ahead of time so you can plan ahead with your work schedule. Helping out in the classroom not only gives you a chance to spend time with your child, but you get to know the friends as well.

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