How to Be Successful in Class

It’s the first day of school. You get your little one ready: lunch packed, clothes in all the right places, and pencils, paper and all of the other essentials for learning. You take your child to be dropped off and that is where the torch moves from parents’ hands to teachers’ hands.

We, as teachers, need certain things (for lack of better word) from our students’ parents, the same way parents need certain things from their students’ teachers.

First and foremost, and something to never forget, we are on the same team. If your child’s name is Katie, we’re on Team Katie. Michael? Go Team Michael! We just work different hours on the schedule. I know, I know. There is no such thing as a parent “clocking out,” but when it comes to your child’s education… it is a little like clocking out. We pick up after you drop them off, and vice versa.

Directly from teacher to parent, here is what we need from you:

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Trust me.

We understand that you may not trust us right away, but do whatever you need to do to calm your nerves. Check our credentials, ask your child as many questions about us as you’d like, ask us what you’d like. We're here for a reason, and we know and respect that reason. We will do our job to the best of our ability and then some.

Stay involved.

Educating a child is an intricate process. You have to know when to push, when to pull, and when to give them space. When we need reinforcements, we need the parents, and when you need reinforcements, we're here for you too.

Back us up.

Touchy subject, we know. Because sometimes you may disagree with something we said, or the disciplinary method we chose. But please understand, there’s a “method to the madness.” In the classroom, we know the dynamic between your child and us. We know and see what your child is capable of, and it’s our job to bring that out in them. If you go behind our backs or over our heads (and we don’t stay a united front), then you’ve rendered us useless in the eyes of your child. Nothing we say or do from that moment on will mean a thing.

Show your child you respect educators.

In other words, we need your “seal of approval” in your child’s eyes. Your child wants and needs your approval and support. If you approve of their teacher, then the child will be more receptive to learning and listening to their teacher.

Communicate. With us.

It undermines trust if parents are going to someone else instead of talking directly to us. If you want to talk to the Assistant Principal or the Principal or the President of the United States for that matter, all of that hurts our trust and efforts. Why wouldn’t you talk directly to the teacher who is with your child every day? What good is someone going to do when they don’t know your child, nor see them regularly? If you want a third-party, include us in the process.

Understand: there will be good days and bad days in the education process.

But just because your child didn’t come home smiling and bouncing with joy, doesn’t mean something went wrong in the classroom. Children have bad days, they get embarrassed, they get left out, they are trying to approach people and start friendships, and it’s all very dramatic. We can’t always hold their hands through this process. At some point, they must manage saying “hello” to a potential new friend on their own (and we all know putting yourself out there
comes with risks).

Understand: just because we're hard on your child, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in them or that we're playing favorites.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We're hard on students because we know they can achieve whatever challenge we’ve given them, and we know they must travel a long, personal journey overcoming their own issues to complete the assignment and achieve. So we keep them accountable, and if we feel like they’re only giving us half of their effort, we tell them. P.S. we do play favorites. Our students, each and every one, are our personal projects. They’re always our favorites!

Talk to your children.

Ask them about their days, how they feel, who they talk to, what their plans are. Extend the education process into your home.

Report to us.

If you feel like your child is struggling or lost, let us know. We appreciate feedback and the best place to find quality feedback is from the parents.

Respect us, and if you don’t right away… allow us time to show you that you can.

In today’s world, we understand why “auto-respect” has been diluted. Give it time, work with us to understand our goals, methods, plans, and together we can mold your child into everything you’ve always wanted him or her to be.

There is a lot of publicity about bad teachers, and there should be. We need to get rid of any teacher who does not have the child’s best interest at heart. But the majority of teachers do not come from a dark place. We come from a place with a genuine and honest motivation to do what’s best by our students, your children. We value your status in our students’ lives, and we are here to help continue your efforts and we ask that you help continue ours.


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