How Can Parents & Teachers Work Together?
Good communication between parents and teachers is necessary for a child’s academic success.
The more information parents and teachers share with each other, the better equipped both will be to support their children.
Here is some great advice from Brampton College on how to build a successful partnership with your child’s teacher and why it is beneficial…
- Communication is essential between parents and teachers. Parents want to know how their child is doing at school and teachers want to know that parents are supporting their child’s learning. This is why parents evenings and open days are so important and should not be missed. Take these opportunities to ask questions and discuss concerns.
- Parents also need to feel able to approach a teacher with concerns and vice versa.
Lots of parents try to speak to teachers when they drop off their child in the morning; however this is not the best time to discuss your concerns as the teacher may be distracted. At this time a teacher needs to ensure that all the children have arrived safely and they need to begin their classroom routine. Instead it is best to wait until the end of the day, when all the children have left, to talk to a teacher. He or she will then be able to give you their full attention
- Parents should remember that a simple thank-you can go a long way in strengthening their relationships with teachers. Let the teacher know how much your child has enjoyed their class or a particular topic. This will help the teacher to feel appreciated and enable her to see that her students are listening and enjoying her lessons.
- Good attendance and punctuality are also important for showing respect towards a teacher and building a good relationship, so try to get to class on time to avoid and any awkward apologies!