Obviously, many parents expect only the best in their children’s education and teaching methods. We want to ensure our children are learning everything they need to know to thrive once they are on their own. But to this end, it can also be too easy to lean on teachers to be the “catch all” when it comes to preparing children for many different subjects. While teachers are responsible for giving your children a wide berth of knowledge on varying subjects, they are people too and need their own space. Here are a few friendly reminders when it comes to building a healthy relationship with your children’s teachers. 

Teacher’s Free Time

Whether you need to get into contact with your children’s teacher because they asked or not, it is always ideal to meet when they have the chance. They may not have the free time until the school day is over, but keep in mind that they have a full plate of lesson plans, homework and other tasks that need to be done in a day, most of the time being done when they get home. When calling or meeting in person, try to be flexible with your work schedule and accommodate when they are free, even if it means using some time off. Teachers need a break to recharge too!

Asking for Accommodations

If your child is struggling in certain areas of their schoolwork, it is always recommended to reach out to their teacher first. Do not assume that it is through a fault of the teacher that your child is struggling. It can easily be a mix up of communication, or varying teaching styles that your child is not used to learning and listening. A teacher may feel almost attacked if a parent is assuming that it is a “faulty” lesson plan or that there is some error in how they are teaching that is causing a child confusion or stress in learning. Simply ask to speak with them about your child and how they appear to be struggling, and ask for guidance on how you can help. It could be that the teacher may need to make an accommodation for your child, such as making more (or less!) visual learning aids for your child to keep up, or they may be unaware the child is struggling that badly. Approaching your children’s teachers with the understanding that it takes both of you to help your child through school will make a huge difference!

Remember that all teachers simply want to see your child succeed in school and in life, and be compassionate when it comes to working together to help your child flourish!

Katie Kyzivat