How To Establish A Positive Parent-Teacher Relationship

During this back to school season one of the most important things you can do is establish a positive parent-teacher relationship. It’s all about finding the balance between “helicopter parent” and uninvolved guardian. Not only will it be comforting to know who your child is spending time with it will also set your child up for a successful year.

As a mom and teacher I’ve been in both positions. Here are some quick and easy ways to make a connection with your child’s teacher.

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Attend Back to School Events

Make it a priority to attend any Open House or Meet the Teacher opportunities. It is always nice to be able to put a name and a face together so make sure you introduce yourself and chat for a bit.

Reach out within the First Few Weeks of School

Consider sending an email about a positive experience your child had, something memorable or funny they’ve said about their school day or thanking the teacher for working with your child. Not only will this make the teacher’s day, it will also set you apart from other parents and help to establish rapport early on.

Offer to Help

Perhaps you have an interest in helping the teacher out in the classroom. This is a nice way for you to get an inside glimpse into the classroom routine and get to know your child’s classmates. The teacher will appreciate anything you do to help and this will give the teacher more time to focus their time and attention to their true area of expertise.

If you aren’t able to come into the classroom there are lots of things you can do at home. Click HERE for a link with 19 ideas on ways to volunteer when you can’t come into the classroom.

Give a compliment

We all know how flattering it feels to be praised. Is there something hanging in the room that caught your eye or something you were impressed with? If so, make sure to mention it the next time you see them or send an email. If they really go above and beyond let the principal or superintendent know too.

Stay in the Know

DSC_0027Read teacher and school newsletters, information posted in your child’s digital portfolio, report cards and SCOUR their backpack frequently to uncover any crumbled (and probably important) tidbits of information.

Sometimes I wonder if newsletters, pictures and Tweets I send get lost in outer space or actually reach the parents. Commenting on something you read or saw not only shows the teacher that you read it but also shows you care. I can tell you first hand the more feedback I get the more time I will spend keeping parents informed.

Bonus: Give a small gift

Although not necessary, I am always pleasantly surprised and grateful when students present me with a gift. It can be homemade such as a card, tomato or flower grown from the garden or something purchased. Head on over to the The Resourceful Momma to snag this free colorful teacher gift tag that you can attach to many items.  Click HERE for the link.

School starts for me in less than a month. I’m excited to get to know a whole new group of students and their families. I plan on following my tips to establish a positive parent teacher relationship with my children’s teachers. I love feedback so feel free to comment below, use the buttons to follow me on social media and/or sign up to get an email about my new blog posts. Have a happy school year and keep reading below about how to enter into a giveaway!

Blog Hop and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with some blogger friends for my first Blog Hop! Below you will find links to various Back to School topics. There’s a whole lot of good information!

Blog Hop

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Back to School Tips for a Smooth Transition

4 Ways To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

DIY Zippered Pencil Pouch

 How to Establish a Successful Parent-Teacher Relationship

A Week Inside Our Home Preschool

What Can Little Kids Do When the Big Kids Are in School?

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  1. says

    These are some great tips on making a good impression on a teacher and building that relationship. Pinning to make sure I remember these in a few weeks!

    • localbusybees says

      Great Aliza! I’m surprised at how many families don’t take the time to get to know me as their child’s teacher. I think it is so important to know who is spending so much time with your child each day. Hope your kids have a great start to their year!

  2. says

    I love these ideas Amy! I love being involved in my kids’ education and supporting their teachers in any way I can. Thanks for the the teacher gift link. My kids love giving their teachers gifts!

    • localbusybees says

      I’m glad your kids enjoy giving gifts. I am always touched and love think of my students each time I use something they have given to me.

  3. says

    Thanks for this post! I’m a teacher and sometimes it seems as if parents really don’t care anymore about establishing a meaningful relationship with their children’s teachers. I love the making contact in the first few weeks one. That is so important 🙂 Often times I try to get in touch with all of my parents in the first few months but it can be difficult.

    • localbusybees says

      I agree that it is so important Missy! I remember my first year teaching where I took the advice of one of my professors and called each parent the first few days of school. I think they were shocked to hear directly from me but it did set up such a great relationship. Email is now how I usually communicate or in person if I see them in the building or at drop off. Have a great school year! 🙂

  4. says

    This is a great post! I too was on both sides and I think it’s essential to build a good relationship at the beginning of the school year. It’s about teamwork and doing what is best for the child! Great post and I am sharing!

    • localbusybees says

      Thanks so much Michelle! I think some parents feel like they don’t want to bother the teacher but I think every parent (especially in elementary school) should get to know their child’s teacher. I’m shocked that I run into people out in public that don’t recognize me as their child’s teacher even after I say hello or start a conversation.

  5. says

    I love these tips. I really think that if you are going to send your child to public school then you need to be activly involved and have a great relationship with your children’s teacher.

  6. says

    Scouring the backpack is very important. We would ask our son to take everything out of his. Only to discover a week later some note that he shoved into a small, unused compartment in a hurry. Lesson learned!

    • localbusybees says

      Thankfully a lot of things are sent electronically these days but you sure don’t want to miss anything! My oldest is about to start kindergarten and I’ve begun thinking about a drop spot for papers.

  7. says

    Hello new blogger! I found you on Instagram. Some great ideas here. As a fellow teacher all of these are ones I hope to promote in my classroom too. I like to establish early an open door relationship with each parent. But there are always those you see only on the first day and the last day. It can be frustrating during the year to get more out of them. Glad to meet you. I’d like to invite you over to our Tuesday Talk link up party every Tuesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. Come link up your favorite posts and old ones are welcomed too. Hope to see you there.

    • localbusybees says

      Good to meet you too Michelle! In the hopes of having a successful introduction I send letters home to kiddos before school starts and have treats and refreshments out for Meet the Teacher Night. My classroom is a rock star theme so we have all kinds of fun. Have a great school year!

  8. says

    Hi Amy,
    It’s been a pleasure getting to know you today. Are you aware I am also a teacher? I teach 7th graders and have three children, all girls.
    Thank you for helping parents adjust to the new school year. A a teacher, I appreciate your tips.

    • localbusybees says

      Janice- I did not realize you are a teacher. As teachers and moms we have the best jobs in the world! 🙂 I look forward to learning more from all that you have to share!

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