Now that school is out for the year and the kids are kicking back and relaxing for the summer, you might still be wondering how you could bolster communication between yourself and your child’s teacher for next year. Parent teacher communication is incredibly helpful in encouraging the best performance from your child as well as being able to communicate potential problems in the home that the teacher may not be aware of, resulting in detrimental actions on their part towards the child in terms of discipline if the child acts out. Read ahead for a couple of great ways to effectively communicate with each of your children’s teachers.
Communicate Early, Communicate Often
Many times when it comes to communicating with the teacher regarding any aspect of a child’s schooling, the earlier the communication begins, the easier it is to rectify any potential problems that could stand in the way of your child having the best possible school experience. Having a chat early on with the teacher of your child can help bring to light any potential behavioural or emotional issues that may be eventually experienced by the teacher so they are prepared and will know how to handle it best when the time comes. Likewise, communicating early on regarding any such problems can help eliminate or lessen the issue before it becomes to far gone to be able to amend. Regular communication with the teacher can help bring to light any problems they see in class that you may not see at home as well.
Work With Each Other
Working with your teacher to help identify the form of communication that works the best for both of you is key in making your communication be the best it can and to help it have a positive effect on your child’s education. Whether it’s using handwritten notes, emails, face to face quick catch ups after or before school and the like, it can be a great way to help keep each other in the loop and abreast of any potential needs, problems or preferences. Depending on the school the child attends as well, there already may be a useful system in place for providing parents verbal, written or email updates through apps on their phones or the like.
Follow Through, Be Accountable
If your child’s teacher is bringing up a situation or problem in class such as the lack of finishing homework or the like, work out a plan of what you can both do to provide your child support and assistance if they require it and then follow through with what you have said you will do in the home. Don’t let your responsibility fall by the wayside as your child’s teacher is responsible for multiple children, all of whom will be experiencing their own challenges and problems and cannot guarantee ample time to work with your child on their specific problems. This is where your end of the responsibility comes in useful and will ensure your child returns to class ready to tackle their courses.
So there you have three great ways you can help the communication between you and your child’s teacher reach new heights and new levels of usefulness when it comes to ensuring your child gets the best possible education they can. It’s important to remember that teachers are people too and can only handle so many issues and situations and rely on parents to hold up their end of the communication and work done on the children as well, so make sure you invest some of your own time into your child’s education as well! Good luck!