Effective Communication with Classroom Teachers

As your child begins a new school year this will most likely involve switching to a new classroom with a new teacher. Effectively communicating with the classroom teacher will help you and your child stay informed about any issues that may arise throughout the year, and allow for ongoing dialogue about your child’s progress. Most schools host a Meet the Teacher event; this is a great time to introduce yourself to the teacher, and see what your child’s classroom is like. If you are not able to attend Meet the Teacher night, then it is a good idea to call the school and arrange another time to meet with the teacher.

If your child has any special needs or sensitivities that you think the new teacher will not be aware of, you can always arrange a more formal meeting near the beginning of the year to discuss these things. If your child has been following an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or another specialized program, the child’s previous teacher will pass on the program information to the new teacher. As well, there will likely be an IEP meeting scheduled that you will be invited to attend.

Your input about your child is very valuable information, whether it is a concern about school or a personal concern (or sensitivity) that you think the teacher should be aware of. If you or your child has concerns about learning in a specific subject, or your child is having a problem with someone in the class, it is best to address the situation as soon as possible. Speaking with the teacher on the phone, or arranging a meeting, will give you the opportunity to clarify the issue and form a plan with the teacher to resolve the matter. Parent Teacher (should this be Parent-teacher or Parent Teacher) interviews are often scheduled at the same times of the year that report cards are sent out. These meetings give the teacher a chance to discuss your child’s progress with you and explain the report card results. The Parent Teacher Interview is also a time for you to ask any questions that you may have, or discuss anything you feel is relevant to your child’s progress.

Keeping the lines of communication open with your child’s teacher will ensure that you are kept up to date and will foster a productive relationship with the teacher for the entire school year.

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