Settling into a new class can be challenging for the parents as well as their child. Having spent a year with your child’s previous teacher you will more than likely have developed a fantastic relationship. Each year you need to build a new relationship. The start of the year is a new beginning. The teachers will have had an extensive handover of your child’s needs, but no one knows your child as well as you, the parent do. Here are three easy steps to help you make a great start to every year.
At the start of the year introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Remember the next couple of times you see that teacher he or she may not remember your name or which child is yours. At the start of the year, teachers are meeting up to 50 or so parents. It is not vital that the teacher remembers you rather you want them to know your child so just remind them who you are.
Set up a meeting time
If you need to discuss an issue with the teacher set up a meeting time. Teachers can’t talk to you in front of other parents or children. Teacher cannot leave their class if you come to the classroom at the start of the school day. Each school has a different method of making contact with the class teacher so adhere to the school’s procedures.
As a parent you will know before the classroom teacher if there is an issue for your child. Make an appointment as early as possible to discuss any issues. The earlier issues are dealt with the easier you all are able to arrive at a satisfactory outcome. Remember if you think that there is an issue and it is worrying you or your child then set up a meeting.
Building a positive collaborative relationship with your child’s teachers helps you to support your child’s learning