No matter what point you find yourself in the school year, there are always methods for improving the relationship you have with your child’s teacher. Even if you already love them, you may not be supporting them as much as you can. In today’s post, we’ll cover a few tips for building stronger relationships and repairing damaged ones.
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1. Introduce Yourself to the Teacher
One of the best things you can do to establish a positive relationship with your child’s teacher is to introduce yourself to him or her at the beginning of the year. By creating the relationship in a positive environment, you’ll benefit down the road should a problem arise. You’ll give the teacher the opportunity to place your face with your name and make a friendly connection. You don’t need to have a lengthy conversation, just let the teacher know who you are and that you want to partner with them in your child’s education.
2. Introduce Your Child
Depending on the grade your child is in, their teacher(s) may have a lot of faces and names to learn. With that said, you can send a brief note or email that tells a little about your child’s strengths and weaknesses in an effort to help the teacher know how to best work with your child. You can also use this opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have for your child going into the new school year. Be sure to include the best phone number and times to reach you.
3. Go to Open House Nights
No matter what your school may call them — back to school, open house, or another name, make every effort to attend. Your presence shows the teacher that your family is interested in the school and your child’s success. This is also a great time to get a sense of the teacher’s goals for the year and learn about their particular approach in the classroom. Don’t corner the teacher to talk about personal concerns or questions during this time. This night is for all parents, so share a positive observation about the teacher’s classroom or something they said, and make an appointment to discuss more personal subjects.
4. Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are designed to allow parents to meet with all of their child’s teachers in one afternoon or evening. As a result, be sure to respect the time you are allotted to meet — show up on time and end on time. Not only will your child’s teacher appreciate this, but so will the other parents who also need to meet with them. Try to write down some notes on things you feel are going well and things you have concerns about so that you can make good use of the conference time.
5. Communicate Regularly
Email is probably the best way to stay in touch with your child’s teacher, as it allows them to respond when they have free time. Look for opportunities to thank them for interesting lessons and projects or for speaking with your child about something they did well If there are specific concepts your child is struggling with, let the teacher know so that they help.
When it comes to building a solid relationship with your child’s teacher, remember that they are human and want to be treated with respect the same as you do. If you’re looking for a private Christian school in the South Bay, then contact East Valley Christian School today to learn more about our academic program and schedule a free tour.