At Zoonicorn, we know a lot of teachers and we are always impressed by their passion for education. But let’s be honest, teaching is hard work. They work long hours, work with limited budgets, and manage large classrooms. Teachers can use our help. It’s important for parents to build a rapport and develop a relationship with their child’s teacher. The following recommendations will help support your local teachers while giving your child an excellent educational experience.
- Fill your child’s lunchbox with healthy snacks and lunches. Have dinner at a reasonable hour and a healthy breakfast. A well-balanced diet maximizes your child’s learning potential.
- Attend parent-teacher conferences and keep in touch with your child’s teacher. Schools usually have one or two parent-teacher conferences each year. Don’t feel you’re only limited to meeting your child’s teacher then, you can also ask to meet with your child’s teacher any time during the year. If you have a concern and can’t meet face-to-face, send the teacher a short note or set up a time to talk on the phone. And these days, it’s helpful to ask each teacher how they prefer to be contacted, by phone, text, email, or through the school in-box, etc.
- Be a partner with your child’s teacher. When you need to speak to him or her regarding a specific issue with your child, do it privately, not in front of your child. Make a point never to criticize your child’s teacher in front of your child.
- Make sure that your child gets homework done. Let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day. You can help your child with homework by setting aside a special place to study, establishing a regular time for homework, and removing distractions such as the television and social phone calls during homework time.
- Volunteer at your child’s school and/or join your school’s parent-teacher group. Teachers appreciate it when parents given their time at school! There are many ways you can contribute. You can volunteer in your child’s class or in the school library. You can make food for a school event. If you work during the day, you can attend “parents’ night” activities or your child’s performances. At most schools, a group of parents meets regularly to talk about the school. This group is usually called the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or PTO, Parent Teacher Organization. The meetings give you a good chance to talk with other parents and to work together to improve the school.
- Communicate Proactively: Parents, too, can help communication. They can inform teachers of things happening at home that might affect a student; a pending divorce, serious illness, birth of a new baby, a change or addition of a medication, or a parent on an extended trip abroad, are all examples of things that can help teachers understand a child’s behavior. Children who strongly object to going to school, hate a certain subject, are being bullied or have too much homework are other important things to discuss with teachers.
Your child’s education is important and giving support to his or her teach throughout the year will make it an academic success for everyone. What tips do you have for supporting your local teachers? Share your ideas and join the conversation on our Facebook page.
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