Parents of school-aged children end up having quite a lot of contact with their child’s class teacher, especially if they are in elementary school. Hopefully, this relationship is a positive one, built on mutual respect and an understanding that parents and school professionals are united in wanting the best for each child. Miscommunications between parents and teachers can feel upsetting and frustrating, because your child’s education is a subject close to your heart. If you want insight and advice on how to maintain a good relationship with your child’s class teacher, read on.
With the advent of platforms such as Class Dojo, many schools now have multiple ways of contacting parents and carers. Whether the communication comes through a text, a message, an email or an old-fashioned letter, do make sure to read it carefully. Teachers know how hectic home-life can be (many are also parents themselves), but it can be frustrating to send out reminders for parents to sign a consent form or send children in with packed lunches. Get on a teacher’s good side by reading the message carefully and responding quickly.
Consider the Workload
Very few teachers are happy about expanding class sizes. It adds to their stress and workload, and can make teaching much harder. Many parents also share these concerns, but when it comes to their child, they can forget that a teacher may have 30 other children to support. Of course, if there are serious concerns such as bullying or your child falling significantly behind, it is absolutely right to bring this to the teacher’s attention and ask what they intend to do about it. But if the issue is a small one – a forgotten water bottle, or some late homework – don’t expect them to be able to fix the problem immediately.
Share a Smile
Teaching is a rewarding, but stressful, job. Towards the end of the school year, a kind word or smile from parents at morning drop off can mean the world. If you really want to show your appreciation, consider a card or a small gift. But ultimately, it’s the little things that count – knowing that you recognise the hard work they are putting in to supporting your child will make a difference.
Teachers work hard to make school interesting and exciting for all children. Support from parents and carers at home can make all the difference, so remember to communicate. Teachers and school staff only want what’s best for each child and they will want to work with you.