How To Improve Parent/Teacher Communication

As a parent, you want the best for your children. You are careful about their nutrition and their safety. You listen to their stories, make sure that they brush their teeth and help them with their homework. Your kids know that you love them and you know that making schoolwork a priority in your house is good for your kids. One of the best ways to be sure that your children are getting all that they can out of their classroom experience is to keep the lines of communication open with their teachers.

You can improve communication with your child's teacher by taking a few simple steps:

  1. Begin at the beginning. If your child's school offers a parent/teacher introductory meeting night at the start of each school year, make it a point to attend. If the school doesn't currently do this, you may want to suggest it to the school principal. You could even offer to help to organize the annual event.

  • Be sure that your child's teacher has not only your home phone number, but also your work and cellular phone numbers and your email address.
  • Join your school's parent/teacher organization. Active membership will afford you many opportunities to interact with the school's staff.
  • Enlist your child's help. Often something as simple as a note brought to school can offer a starting point for an ongoing communication.
  • Let your child's teacher know that you welcome and appreciate their input.
  • Be sure to attend parent teacher conferences, open houses and other school sponsored events whenever possible. Often, these evening and weekend functions provide a relaxed environment that naturally foster easy conversations.
  • Offer your support and show your appreciation for the job that your child's teacher does. Those who dedicate their lives to the education of our children are providing an immeasurably valuable service. Be sure that your child's teacher knows that you respect and admire their vocation.
  • Feel free to request a special conference with your child's teacher, even if it is between the times when you would normally meet.
  • Volunteer your assistance in your child's classroom. Depending on your schedule and capabilities, you could help with classroom parties, special projects or fundraisers.
  • If you have specific concerns about your child, from academic to behavioral issues, place a call to your child's teacher. The teacher spends many hours each week with your child and may be able to offer a unique perspective on your child's behavior and development, both academically and socially.

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