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.
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
Read 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!