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8 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Parent-Teacher Partnership for Your Child

By now you’re probably like, “Gah, Mommyfriend! Enough with the back-to-school this and back-to-school that. Talk about something interesting like kid poop or ‘Annoying Orange’!” I get it, I really do, and I will .. .right after this post. Pinky swear.

In case you didn’t know, I’m the parent of a kid who once struggled big time in elementary school. It wasn’t until things came to a very ugly head in the 3rd grade before I realized there was simply more to be done on my part. Oh, the tears I could have saved had I only realized the importance of establishing and maintaining an educational partnership with my kid’s teacher.

A lot of you probably already know the value of the parent-teacher relationship, but I didn’t. I was the working mom who came home after a long day and helped my kid with his homework. I attended parent participation events, read the weekly school bulletin, and supplied cookies for classroom parties. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough; my kid and his teacher needed more from me to resolve the issues at hand.

The moral of the story is this: there will be school years that are more challenging than others. There will be years our kids have unique needs. There will also be years when what’s worked in the past works no longer.

The good news is that there are simple things we can do as parents to address our child’s educational needs and secure the best possible parent-teacher partnership for our child – check out our tips after the jump!

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  • Start off right 1 of 8
    Start off right
    Start off on the right foot with your child's teacher with these 12 teacher-approved steps for parent-teacher success!
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  • Understand the importance of the parent-teacher partnership 2 of 8
    Understand the importance of the parent-teacher partnership
    Parents need to understand the importance of a parent-teacher partnership if they are ever to achieve one. Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College told PBS Parents, "A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful in school. It demonstrates to your child that he can trust his teacher, because you do. This positive relationship makes a child feel like the important people in his life are working together."
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  • Ask the teacher how you can help at home 3 of 8
    Ask the teacher how you can help at home
    Your child's teacher has lots of great ideas on how parents can support their learners at home. All you have to do is ask!
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  • Respect the parent-teacher relationship 4 of 8
    Respect the parent-teacher relationship
    PBS Parents recommends parents brainstorm with their child's teacher to enhance your child's educational experience in addition to creating a problem-solving partnership to mitigate small problems before they become larger ones.
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  • Allow your child to develop a relationship with their teacher 5 of 8
    Allow your child to develop a relationship with their teacher
    Parents, while teachers love it when you step in, make sure you also step back to allow your child the opportunity to develop a personal rapport with their teacher.
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  • Notify the teacher about homework struggles 6 of 8
    Notify the teacher about homework struggles
    If your child is having extreme difficulty applying concepts learned in class to nightly homework assignments, notify your child's teacher immediately and discuss solutions for tackling the academic roadblock.
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  • Please read 7 of 8
    Please read
    Be sure to read school bulletins and any notes your child's teacher sends home. In turn, keep written communication with your child's teacher short and effective. Above all, keep the communication flowing!
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  • Establish communication ground rules 8 of 8
    Establish communication ground rules
    Graded papers and report cards are often the only gauge we have as parents to know how our child is doing in school. Since grades are only part of our child's educational experience, establish general communication ground rules with your child's teacher. Something as simple as a monthly 5-minute phone call checking in is all it takes to make both parent and teacher feel connected.
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