Heritage Behavioral Health Consultants
Heritage Behavioral Health Consultants

The Parent-Teacher Team

By Jill Early, M.A., LPC Intern

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The most important team you and your child will be a part of this year is the parent-teacher partnership. Consider the following tips from this former classroom teacher to develop a dynamic relationship between you and your child’s teachers:

  • Develop a partnership built upon respect.
  • Collaborate, brainstorm, and build a problem-solving relationship with the teacher; work together to generate solutions that help your child.
  • Avoid lecturing or focusing on what he/she is doing wrong. Your child will feel supported knowing that all the important people in his life are working together.
  • Schedule a time when you can sit down and brainstorm together without any other distractions. It can be hard to find the right time to talk with teachers. Before and after school can be hectic. The time you spend collaborating with the teacher is important, so end her a short email or note to schedule a meeting. Your teacher’s schedule is demanding so do your best to be flexible with time.
  • Include all members of the team. When meeting with the teacher, let her know of other adults who contribute to your child’s school success.
  • Keep communication open, and together, your team can foster an incredible school experience for your child.
  • Finally, let the teachers know that you appreciate their extra efforts. Teachers work early mornings and late nights to ensure every school day is exciting, motivating, and just right for your child. The smallest note of thanks will go a long way.
  • Should you find these practical suggestions ineffective, you may consider involving a liaison such as your child’s school counselor. Tutors, therapists, doctors, and coaches all play a crucial role in your child’s success and may also advocate on behalf of your child, if necessary.

A positive parent-teacher relationship is vital to your child’s school success and overall feeling about school. If children see that parents trust the teacher, they will too.

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