Learning to get along with your child’s teacher is integral to his progress at school. We find out from the curriculum team from Mindchamps Preschool how to go about building a stronger relationship with the teacher.
(Also read: Your child hates his teacher: What to do)
As with any relationship, it takes time, open communication and trust. Building strong parent-teacher ties is the cornerstone of a positive home-school partnership.
It is essential to establish a good relationship between the adults who have a strong influence in your child’s life. Children thrive in school through a “circle of support” that involves the child, the parent and the teacher.
Here are some ways you can create and sustain a positive relationship with his teacher.
Ask about his classroom experience, as you play an important role in his learning journey. You can contribute by sharing your knowledge in your field of expertise when she approaches you for such help.
For example, if you’re a good cook, you could teach them how to prepare a dish. Children do better when parents take a keen interest in their education.
Keep in touch
Stay in regular contact with the teacher. Engage her in conversation rather than just reply to written feedback.
Keep the communication positive and continue to support and nurture your little one at home while allowing her to guide your child’s learning in school. In this way, there is reciprocity, which promotes rapport and a sense of camaraderie.
Build respect and trust
Speak with his teacher before a problem surfaces and mention any concerns you have. Provide constructive feedback, but don’t criticise her in front of him as he may feel anxious and confused.
Always seek clarification when there is a misunderstanding. This helps you get along with your child’s teacher better.
Say “thank you”
Everyone appreciates a kind word, especially teachers, who juggle a heavy workload every day. Your kind gesture will go a long way to help you get along with your child’s teacher.
Talk about school at home
Ask specific questions such as: “Tell me something that made you laugh today.” or “How did somebody help you today?”, rather than posing general questions such as: “How was school today?” or “What did you learn in school today?”