The surest way you can set your child up for educational success is to partner with your child’s’ teacher.
You probably might be wondering and worried about how your child will fare this new school year.
You are also wondering what the new teacher would be like.
Will she understand your child’s learning and attention needs?
Can he/she recognise your child’s quirks and special talents?
Will this year be a successful collaboration between you and the teacher; or a struggle?
Interestingly, we have the answers to your question because this article on ‘how you can partner with your child’s teacher for success’ will show you how you can work with your child’s teacher for success.
Help The Teacher Get To Know Your Child
The first few weeks in a new school term are a great time to begin to partner with your child’s teacher. First, begin by telling the teacher about your child as a person.
Let her know likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, general personality traits, and your success map and vision for that child in the future.
Also, the more the teacher knows your child as a person, the better she can address your child’s specific needs and achieve success effortlessly.
Let your child’s teacher understand that you are appreciative of them taking great care of your child.
Furthermore, be comfortable enough to share with him/her, the study habits and routines you and your child follow at home.
Basically, share any helpful detail that you think will have an impact on your child’s performance.
Be Open to Collaboration.
With the goal being to have your child turn out a success, it will be better to approach it from the angle of a partnership and get the teacher(s) on the same page as you.
Encourage them to tell you what you can do to make the realisation of the goal inevitable. This is a great way to partner with your child’s teacher
Treat your child’s teacher as your teammate on this journey. Ask him or her for help and strategies you can use at home with your child, and then follow the instructions.
Teachers appreciate it when parents do their part.”
Also, when the teacher draws your attention to an academic or behavioral problem, Mark Condon advises: “Let the teacher know what actions you will/are taking at home to mitigate these problems.
“This also sends a message to your child that you are a team that supports each other and wants similar things for him”.
Have Open Communication Lines
Whether by mail, calls, chats, communication book, or physically, make an ongoing effort to stay in touch with your kid’s teacher(s).
It could be scheduled or spontaneous.
Build your relationship in such a way that you and the teacher can easily drop messages about how your child is really faring in school. Also, keeping an eye on any emergency or an important circular from the school’s authorities could help.
Hitch-free communication is needed in working with your kid’s teacher in achieving academic success.
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Get To Know The School Intimately
Familiarising with the school as one of them. A staff or a student there, can help have more fluid conversations with your child and the teacher, and help you achieve your goal of success for your kid more effectively.
It is definitely a good move to know the location of the main office, staff room(s), library, school clinic, cafeteria, gym, athletic fields, playgrounds, auditorium, and special classes.
This way, you a no longer a stranger to the school system and environment.
If your child is a new intake at the school, be proactive, visit the school website, and find out information about:
- the academic calendar
- staff contact information
- upcoming events like class trips and extra-curricular engagements
- test and exam dates
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Monitor Take-Home Assignments
Homework in early schooling reinforces and compliments classroom learning, and helps kids hone important study skills.
It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and discipline that will prove beneficial in the years to come.
In addition to making sure your child knows that you see homework as a priority, you can help by creating a conducive study environment.
A well-lit, comfortable, and quiet homework space with the necessary stationeries will do. Ensure there are no distractions- like a TV or radio in the background.
You can also map out a fixed time of the day for homework and see to it that you follow it dutifully.
While your child does homework, be close-by to interpret the instructions, offer guidance, and review the completed work.
However, resist the urge to give the correct answers or complete the assignments yourself.
Learning from mistakes is part of a healthy learning process and you don’t want to take this away from your child.
Always Send Your Child to School Ready To Learn
Kids need the right amount of sleep and food to be alert and ready to learn all day.
A nutritious breakfast fuels kids and gets them charged up for the day.
In a nutshell, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and better prepared for optimum performance in school.
Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be absent, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger.
You can help boost your child’s attention span, concentration, and memory by making sure he or she observes bedtime religiously and providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar.
If your child is running late some mornings, send him off with fruits, yogurt, a sandwich or snacks.
Employ Extra Services When Necessary.
If your job doesn’t give you room for study-time with your child, and you begin to see signs of poor grades, this is a big red light alerting you it’s time to employ extra services or what you may call a home-tutor.
You can’t be everywhere at the same time, and your child should not be the victim of your busy schedules in any way.
Employing a home tutor to fill in for you, will aid the teacher to save time in explaining a concept and help you reach the child’s overall academic goals.
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