For a student to be successful in their studies, there must be communication between the parents and the teacher. Indeed, many students can manage their own work, but for the most part, students need the support of both their teacher and parents to flourish.
With that said, here are a few simple ways parents and teachers can manage to work together in a fruitful relationship to keep students thriving.
Sometimes the student does not always act as the perfect go-between when it comes to school and home. They forget to offer up information that might be important such as homework is due, there is a test on Friday, or even a class field trip is on the horizon.
With the number of available apps out there that will allow someone to construct a newsletter in minutes, it would be easy for the classroom teacher to email a newsletter every week detailing what is happening in the classroom to all the parents. It would be an easy way to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Address Concerns Early During Parent-Teacher Conferences
Too often, the parent-teacher conference that usually takes place near October has been used as a meet-and-greet between parents and teachers instead of the first chance to voice any concerns. If there is an issue that a student is having, it is best to rectify it early instead of waiting and letting the matter continue to grow.
Work on Social Skills Together
Social skills that are being taught in the classroom should be reintroduced at home (or vice versa) to strengthen the importance of them. A child who does not learn the proper social skills may be one of the brightest kids you will ever be around, but their lack of appropriate behavior will be a huge detriment.
Parental Involvement in the Classroom
If you are a parent, volunteer and offer your services to the classroom teacher when needed. If you are a teacher, ask parents to come in and speak to the class when it is appropriate, such as if they have a skill that corresponds with a lesson or subject matter. It doesn’t take much effort to show students that we can all work as a team together.
Keep It, Professional
With all of that said, the relationship between the parents and the teacher should maintain a sense of professionalism. Once the child is out of that teacher’s classroom for good, then a true friendship could be appropriate. Before then can spell trouble. For instance, once a parent feels comfortable texting concerns to a teacher instead of addressing them through email or in person, this is usually not a good sign. Keep it professional for all involved, and it will play out much better.
Students Can Have Problems with Organization
One area of communication that needs to be more open between parents and educators is how students need to address their organizational skills. Students who struggle with organization usually tend to have poor study habits and are less likely to achieve their best scores. Let iAchieve help with this area. We offer Academic Coaching to students to ensure they have the skills needed to plan, organize tasks, focus, manage their time, and self-regulate.