Ten Recommendations for a Successful School Year From Teacher, Parent,
Jun 27, 2016 Teaching 982 Views
As an education specialist for 30 years, a parent for 29 and a former student for 17 years, one thing I've learned if nothing else, is that we need to walk in someone else's shoes before we can really judge an issue. Here are some ideas (recommendations) from everyone's perspective on ensuring a successful school year for our children.
From a Parent's Perspective:
1. Treat my child like you'd like your own child treated.
2. When I ask questions please don't be so defensive.
3. Talk in an educational language the average parent can understand.
4. Allow me to help in the classroom.
5. Allow me to observe your classroom.
6. Provide me with your classroom expectations.
7. Believe that I know my child better than anyone else.
8. Please don't wait until a few days before report cards to tell me about poor grades or behavior.
9. Don't talk about your political views. Try to stay neutral.
10. Try not to show favoritism.
From a Teacher's Perspective:
1. Please don't make excuses for your child's misbehavior. Teach them to take responsibility for their actions.
2. Give consistent consequences at home for behavior. Positive or negative.
3. Let your child do their own work. Gently helping when absolutely necessary.
4. Create a study place at home.
5. Set age appropriate bedtime schedules.
6. Remember the best way to teach your child is through example.
7. Teach your child that not every subject will be fun but it will help them in their educational career.
8. Don't give your child everything they ask for.
9. Please try to point out your concerns on the most important issues. Don't sweat the small stuff.
10. Teach your child to respect their elders even if they are wrong sometimes.
From a Student's Perspective:
1. Try to be as fair as possible. If one child acts up in class don't make the whole class miss recess.
2. If you don't like me act like you do anyway.
3. Remember how you felt when you were in my shoes.
4. If I can't hold still during your lesson it's probably because of the way I learn. Not that I don't care.
5. Don't talk about me to other teachers unless you're in a conference for me.
6. Tell a few jokes from time to time.
7. Tell us about what you like and don't like.
8. Create some lessons that let us do things rather than just listen.
9. Believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
10. Remember the better you understand me the better I'll do.