The Learning Academy: Approaching Your Child's Teacher
Kristin Bieber, Ph.D. Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health
Your goal is to help your child get through school successfully and the way you are going to do that is if you and the school are partners.
Whenever you're approaching your child's teacher, it's going to have in the back of your mind, what you want to get accomplished in that conversation. So, trying to be goal-orientated and focusing on what the outcome is going to be for your child.
Whatever concern you might have, I think, your best bet is to approach that not like you are looking to blame someone or trying to find who is responsible for the concern or the problem you have, but again, really focusing on what your goal is. What changes you want, what you want your student to do better or your child to do better, and then enlisting your child's teacher so that you can work on that together.
More communication is always better. There is a balance there and a fine line. You don't want to be emailing or calling all the time but checking in early in the school year, introducing yourself and going to those open house nights, and certainly attending parent/teacher conferences.
I think it's good to be proactive on the front end before there are concerns to establish that relationship in a positive way with your child's teacher.
It's important for parents and teachers to be partners in the education of a child. Kristin Bieber, outpatient therapist with the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health, explains what approach parents should take when communicating with their child's teacher and how often that communication should occur.