Parent Teacher Relationships Are Key
Having a good relationship with your child's teacher is important. As with any good relationship, it is important to stay in touch, and keep the lines of communication open. Most teachers welcome the involvement of parents and want to hear your ideas.
Begin your communication with a positive attitude.
Ask the teacher what is the easiest and most helpful way to communicate. Is it by email, notes, or a call at a certain time of day? Shre with the teacher your best mode of communication too.
Discuss and then agree on what concerns or problems your child may be experiencing.
Consider a daily journal that could go back and forth between home and school in a backpack to record daily activities that are in need of monitoring.
Let the teacher know that you are eager to participate in educating your child and willing to do what you can.
Offer your time and talents in the classroom, parent teacher organizations, or with various volunteer opportunities as your schedule permits.
Remember to first discuss any concerns that you may have with the teacher before involving others.
Relationships are built on partnerships. It is extremely important for parents and teachers to work together to provide a good school experience for your child.
Reprinted with the permission of the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center.
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