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Building Parent-Teacher Relationships - Grown Ups Magazine - Establish a positive relationship with your child’s teacher using these five steps.
Establish a positive relationship with your child’s teacher using these five steps.

Parent Teacher Relationships
The school year can be nerve-wracking for parents, teachers, and students. Parents and teachers must be able to successfully communicate to have a productive year. If you’re worried about building a positive relationship with your child’s teacher, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Communication

One way to build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher is to engage in open communication. If you have a concern, approach the teacher politely and directly. A lack of communication can breed frustration for both parties, causing small problems and negativity to snowball out of control. Make sure you ask questions when there’s confusion so that you reduce the risk of miscommunication. The more communication there is between you and your child’s teacher, the better!

Compliments

Teachers frequently receive bad reports and seldom hear good news. If your child’s teacher does something great, make sure you tell them. Remember: teachers contribute countless hours to ensure your child has an excellent educational experience. Compliments can come in the form of thank-you notes, a quick phone call, or a positive e-mail. These actions are always appreciated, and you can count on your child’s teacher returning the favor each time your child does something great!

Technology

Technology makes it easier for parents and teachers to connect. While we don’t recommend sending your child’s teacher a friend request on Facebook, e-mails, phone calls, texting, and voicemail are super tools for quick communication. Ask your child’s teacher about their technological preferences so that you’re not being intrusive.

Provide support

When your child’s teacher makes a suggestion, try not to take it personally. Think about what he or she said and evaluate it closely. One of the best ways to build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher is to support their educational and behavioral assessments as much as possible. If you and your child’s teacher function as a team, you’ll have a greater chance of effecting your child’s growth.

Stay involved

Most classrooms are growing, and when there’s one teacher and more than thirty students, it’s easy to see how teaching can get overwhelming. If you want to ensure your child’s success, you need to stay involved. Find out how you can help on your schedule, and remain a positive influence in the class. Offering a helping hand can help build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher and the whole class in general.

How do you build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher? We’d love to hear from you!

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Kristin Personette

  • Such great tips, especially compliments and letting teachers know how much you appreciate them.

  • Some great tips for parents who have no idea what they’re doing – like me! Not that I’m a parent.. yet though.

  • Bianca

    Great tips! Going to have to save this for when Sophia’s a little older

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