With my girls in a public school, I love to keep in contact with the teachers. My oldest was on an IEP for years and it was great because I always saw the teachers and got to talk to them. Well, life changed and she is not on an IEP, but I found that I still needed to keep open contact with the teachers.
Find out How Your Childs Teachers Would Like to hear from You
Every teacher will respond to things differently. There are many ways to keep in contact with the teachers. I find that every teacher is different. Last year I had a teacher that would email a question during the middle of the day with hopes I would get back as soon as I could. I have another teacher that liked phone calls only just before school starts or after school ends. I’ve had some the emails were fine just that they only got back to you once a day or the next day for most questions.
Some questions I ask during open house or at the first meeting I have with them are:
- Do they like phone calls? Is there a direct number to the room. When do they answer their phone calls?
- What is their email address? How often do they check it? What is their average time to respond?
- Will they let me know if there is a problem with a subject?
- Can I let them know a child is having problems with homework and how?
Once you know what the teacher wants, then write it down so you can keep track of it.
Keep an Open Mind
Everything that happens in life has more than one side to it. Yes, I want to believe my child but the teachers might have seen things differently. I know that I work on keeping things as much open as I can. I know that sometimes things don’t work out and there are problems. I also know that my teachers work on trying to be the best they can to help our kids.
Let Them Know Your Frustrations
If something is happening that is frustrating you or your child let them know. Teachers can’t help if they don’t know. Letting them know as soon as possible is a great idea. They will work with most problems. I just yesterday sent a message to a teacher about something happening and got help back. Never think your concerns are unwarranted.
Pull out some paper and write a note to let them know what is happening or send that email.
Free Note to Teacher Printable
I have a fun free printable for you to help with this. It is a fun Note to Teacher Printable. There is a cat theme or blank. This is just something to help you out. There are two notes per page.
I have several of these printable and easy to locate so that I or my oldest can write a note when we need it.
This months theme is communication. Be sure to check out everyons posts!
Communicating with School Posts:
- Books and Giggles – 10 Practical Ways to Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher
- Thriving STEM – Seven insider tips for getting good results when communicating with your child’s teacher
- Creative Family Fun- Keeping the Lines of Communication Open with Your Chid’s Teacher
- The Resourceful Mama – The How and Why of Communicating with Your Child’s Teacher
- Planet Smarty Pants – Teachers Are From Mars, Parents Are From Venus
Be sure to check out the other months school themed posts:
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com