You don't have to become the world's most active PTA mom or treat your child's education like a second job. However, there are some little steps you can take to help your child's teacher succeed, which will help your child to succeed. Here's how moms can make life easier for kids' teachers.
Not all schools are suffering from the same budget shortages. However, even schools with adequate budgets can find themselves running out of supplies. For example, in kindergarten classes where spills and accidents are common, it's easy for a teacher to run out of paper towel and pre-moistened wipes pretty quickly. In just about every school, sharpened pencils are pretty coveted. You don't have to spend a fortune on supplies for your child's classroom. However, periodically donating supplies can be really helpful. If you're not sure what to get, just ask your child's teacher.
Communication is amazingly helpful when it comes to ensuring that your child does well in school. At Landon School, for example, parents are encouraged to stay in regular communication with their kids' teachers. This helps your child's teacher to be able to easily contact you to keep you informed about how your child is doing in his or her classroom. Teachers resent parents who are difficult to get a hold of, especially if their child is having problems. Making yourself easily accessible will be very appreciated by your child's teacher.
Sadly, in many school districts, open houses and parent-teacher conferences can be sparsely attended. Teachers are required to be present at these events and they very much want a chance to speak face-to-face with the parents of their students. It's very helpful and quite appreciated when you, as a parent, show up to these events. Landon School hosts a wonderful event, The Azalea Garden Festival, that truly brings the school’s community together. These teachers very much want to speak to their students' parents and it shows that you're invested in your child's education.
Keep Your Cool
Every teacher has a horror story about a parent who threw a fit when they were informed that their child received a failing grade or got into a fight with another student. Sadly, some parents can't accept that their child is capable of wrongdoing, but the truth is that all kids mess up from time to time. If your child's teacher confronts you about an issue, it's imperative that you keep your cool. Remember, the teacher isn't "out to get" your child. Instead, he or she is just looking to remedy the situation so that your child has a better chance of academic success.
Teachers have a hard job. Not only do they have to educate kids, but they have to keep them all safe and help them to grow as people as well. If you do all of the things listed here, you can make you child's teacher's job a little bit easier. Remember, teachers want to work with you to do what's best for your child.