Being a parent really is the toughest job in the world and most parents have really busy schedules that add to the pressure of family life. Teachers understand that and they are there to help provide support and structure to your student’s life. When teachers and parents work together, they can optimize education and provide a really effective support network for kids to excel. Here is how to best help your teachers to create a positive and healthy environment for learning.
Get involved: Teachers understand that parents are busy, but helping out from time to time really eases the burden on teachers and shows your children that you are eager to participate in their lives. Knowing what goes on at school helps you to stay connected with teachers and other parents so that you can create a supportive network with each other.
Communication: This is by far the most important aspect to pay attention to. Students behave very differently at school than they do at home. Teachers have really great insight into what is happening socially and academically with your student. Communicating effectively and in a healthy, friendly way will ensure that you are always up-to-date with what is influencing your child and how to help them to optimize their learning experience. When teachers and parents communicate, they can work together to offer support and find the best ways to overcome behavioral and academic difficulties.
Create an environment conducive to learning: Ensure that your student has a quiet place to do their homework and enough time to complete it. Never ridicule academics or deemphasize the importance of education; your student will learn the value of education from you. Support academics as an essential component of success and provide your students with everything they need to do their homework and study for tests.
Involve your students: Everyone gets a bad grade at some point. Discuss poor results with teachers to find the underlying cause, then sit down with your student to draw up a plan of action. When students are part of these discussions and participate in creating a plan to overcome issues, they are far more likely to take ownership and responsibility.
Get organized: Teachers understand that you have a busy schedule, but part of the learning experience is mastering the skill of responsibility. Parents play the biggest part in teaching students how to effectively manage time, how to organize schedules and keep appointments, how to prepare properly for important upcoming events like tests or projects, how to be organized and how to take responsibility for tasks on their own. Establishing schedules and structure will mean your students feel more secure and you aren’t running around at 5am trying to finish your child’s science project. These are essential life skills that will stand them in good stead in the future.
The important thing to remember is that teachers are on your side. When you work together, you can really provide a very effective atmosphere where your students feel secure and happy and where they can learn and excel.