In the same way that a nurse or physician knows more about the art and science of medicine than someone who isn’t a nurse or physician, a school teacher knows more about the art and science of teaching than someone who isn’t a school teacher.
Concerning school and teachers, how can a parent gain insights that best help their child?
Teachers are more than willing to share information that can help strengthen the parent-teacher relationship and improve the child’s progress and the dynamics of the classroom.
How to benefit from a teacher’s perspective? Here’s what teachers want parents to know:
If there is an issue with your child or in the classroom, go to the teacher first. Often, parents contact the school administration rather than their child’s teacher, even though the problem could easily be solved with a quick call, email or meeting with the teacher. Because the teacher is in the classroom daily, he or she will usually have the full picture of an event.
Methods of instruction regularly change and evolve. The way that subjects are taught today differs from the way they were taught five years ago, and even more so compared to when you attended school. As a result, it’s important to be open-minded concerning new teaching methods or strategies used by today’s teachers.
Grades aren’t the be-all and end-all. Although parents would love their child to come home from school with straight “A’s,” it’s far more important that the child makes progress in whatever he or she is learning, as well as overall progress. If a child doesn’t deserve an “A” or a “B” or even a “C,” then a child could experience life-long harm and a rude awakening upon entering the job force were he or she to be given a higher grade than deserved.
Listen carefully to what your child says each day after school. A teacher can’t be expected to spot every little thing that happens in the classroom, so it’s important for parents to talk with their children each day about how the school day went, and to listen carefully to what the child says. If a parent realizes or senses that something may be wrong, the parent should contact the teacher to discuss how to solve the issue.
Education is a team effort. Parents and teachers have the same goal: working toward a child’s growth and success in the classroom and later in life. By working with your child’s teachers and doing your best to maintain a good parent-teacher relationship, you’ll be able to create the best experience possible for your child.