Tutor Doctor | Aug 24, 2015

5 Things to Tell your Child's New Teacher

Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Tutoring, K-12, K12
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Teachers are your allies in education. They are uniquely qualified to recognize learning styles, social issues, learning difficulties, special talents and behavioral issues that your child may experience. Teachers have the training and experience to recognize difficulties and nurture their talents, but no one knows your child like you do. When you work together with your child’s teachers and tutors, you can form an effective education team.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Start by divulging information about allergies and health issues so that any special needs can be met. Also discuss talents and weaknesses so that teachers can be prepared to provide your child with the best opportunity to learn. For example if your child has trouble focusing, the teacher may seat them in the front row or away from the window.

Changing Circumstances
There are ups and downs in each family and if there are unhappy circumstances or changes at home, it’s really important to alert the teacher. When teachers know what is happening at home, teachers can be more understanding and sympathetic. This will also help them to recognize behavioral changes that may need to be addressed. Even if you feel like your child is adjusting well, they may act very differently at school.

Personality Quirks

If your student is very shy, prone to moodiness or has other behavioral idiosyncrasies, its best to alert the teacher to the possibility so that they can deal with situations better when they arise. You can also work together to overcome behavioral issues.

Shared Academic Goals

Ask your teachers and tutors to work with your child to establish academic goals that are challenging, but attainable. Knowing where they are going and the rewards they can look forward to when they get there will help to motivate them.

Learning styles
Einstein said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” You probably have a good idea of your student’s learning style, but asking your teacher for their advice will show you the best way to present information to your students. If your teacher is not able to help you in this regard, it is essential that you get a tutor. Tutors are specially trained to recognize learning styles. They can then help to present information and teach skills in a way that your student understands. This will vastly improve their grades and their confidence.