It’s really hard to be a teacher and a parent. It’s like a curse because it’s so easy to judge and think “I could do this so much better.”
I struggled with this all last year, when Big was in first grade. I posted very little of my frustrations. And I plan to post very little this year as well.
But there’s one thing I can’t not post: the value of communication.
From the first day of my teacher training, we learned about the importance of working with the parents. We learned that communication is key. We learned that we need to smile and listen to parents, as we hope they’ll listen to us.
And, parents, we need to understand the same.
Everyone needs to know that your children won’t succeed in school unless the parents and the teachers work as a team.
Seems simple, yes? Oh. But it isn’t.
It takes a village, right? It takes a village to raise a child. But have you ever been a part of a village that doesn’t communicate? One that doesn’t send notes to each other? One that never tells you how to get in touch with each other or takes interest in sharing policies or expectations?
It’s difficult to raise our children when they’re with someone else 7 hours a day. It’s difficult to be supportive of a teacher when we don’t know why we’re being supportive.
Teachers, if you don’t explain yourself, if you don’t introduce yourself, or make yourself accessible to discuss, how are parents to support your decisions, your grades, your policies and your rules?
Our children have been in school 4 weeks already. I have yet to receive a note from the teacher.
Tonight, there was a phone chain amongst the mothers in our classroom. We needed spelling words, explanations of codes in our homework books, understanding of the grading system.
And we needed to know how to get in touch with the teacher.
When our children come home unable to explain a grade or an expectation and ask us a question, how can we answer? How can we respond to our child and share why Joey received a B and not an A, while he spelled every word on his spelling test correctly? How can explain something we know nothing about?
Communication. It’s key to any relationship.
Parent:teacher. That’s a pretty powerful relationship.
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