Parents as Partners: Easy Ways to Connect in the Classroom (page 2)

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Bottom line? Talk to your child—but don’t stop there. Rather than just going through the motions of the “How was school today?” conversation, really delve into what he’s doing in class and bring it home for him. Your son’s learning about the environment in class? Talk about what’s recyclable in your house. Is your daughter working on a civics project? Watch the evening news together. Gestures like these are supportive without being overbearing. Ultimately, connecting school to home authenticates what kids are learning in the classroom, and keeps you in touch with what’s going on there.

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Just as the pushy parent is caricatured on film, so too is the terrifying teacher—but don’t think for a minute your relationship with your child’s teacher has to submit to such stereotypes. Teachers are not the enemy; in truth, most of them teach out of a genuine love for the job and a deep concern for the welfare of their students. Don’t be afraid to talk to your child’s teacher about potential concerns, but remember to celebrate the successes with them as well. After all, you both want the same thing for your child, so treat your relationship with your child’s teacher as the supportive partnership it deserves to be.

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