The better the relationship and communication between the teacher, the family and the child, the more successful your child will be! Here are a few tips in effectively communicating:
Keep in touch with your child's teacher(s) frequently.
By e-mail, phone, notes or personal visit.
Ask questions about things you do not understand.
Discuss any issue with your child and ask for solutions
Let teacher know any home situation that might affect school behavior,
Express Your Feelings.
Provide positive feedback when teachers are doing a good job.
Calmly let them know when things are not going well and how it makes you and/or your child feel
Help brainstorm and advocate for solutions with positive suggestions for change.
Attend All Meetings
relating to your child's education.
Be an active, interested and involved parent.
Find out what is going on in the classroom and how to support your child’s learning
Build the partnership with your child’s teachers
Be An Active Listener
Are you listening with the intent for understanding or to reply?
Encourage the staff to keep you informed about your child's progress, relationships with other students and any other concerns
Listen to their professional opinions about your child.
Help your child develop a positive attitude toward school.
Let your child know you believe in them and that school is important
Teach them respect for their teachers and for the process of education by staying positive about school.
Differences of opinion arise, talk them out.
Look for ways to reach a compromise, but keep your child's needs a priority
Use questions to gather more information, provide understanding, to probe or for clarification.
Start with the end in mind and create new win-win solutions!
Share more good than bad!
The better the relationship and communication between the teacher, the family and the child, the more successful your child will be!
In Wyoming, for more information and strategies to help you develop annual SMART goals as a part of the IEP team, contact PIC at 307-684-2277.