Parent-Teacher Relationships

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a community for students to be successful in school. Building relationships with your child’s teachers gives you a better idea on how to help your kid get the best grades. Read on below to learn the best way to do it.

  • Introduce yourself to your child’s teachers early in the semester by setting up a meeting and check in regularly.
  • At your first meeting, be sure to take down your child’s teacher’s contact information and notes on the key dates throughout the year.
  • If you’re unsure of what to ask, here are a few ideas:
    • What are your goals for your class this year?
    • What will “success” look like for you by the end of the year?
    • What is your teaching style?
    • Are there any aspects of the curriculum that your children tend to find more challenging? Exciting?
    • How much time do you recommend that children read at home each night? Do you have a list of recommended books, or a site that lists books?
    • In what ways will you make time to meet one on one with the students?
    • Are parents encouraged or allowed to drop by the classroom to see the class/student in action?
    • How often do you share progress reports and updates on students?
    • How will you inform me of the areas that need improvement or areas of particular strength?
    • Do you provide extra credit work for students to help improve their grades?
    • How are homework assignments communicated? Are they posted online? If so, what is the website address, and how often is the site updated?
    • Should we expect homework every night? On the weekends?
    • In what ways do you want my (parental) support with homework, behavior and skill development?
    • What percent of my child’s overall grade is based on their homework performance? Classroom performance and behavior?
    • Where is my child’s desk? Are desks moved throughout the year?
    • Do you keep a portfolio of my child’s work during the year?
  • Also schedule a meeting with your child’s counselor. They are a wealth of knowledge that can help you develop your child’s interests, choose a college and even a career.

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