How to Talk with your Child’s Teacher (Bilingual Website)
Here are some tips from the Colorin Colorado website to develop a strong partnership with your child’s teachers.
When should I talk with my child’s teacher?
- Early and often. Contact your child’s teacher or teachers at the beginning of the year or as soon as you can. Get acquainted and show your interest. During the school year, keep in touch with your child’s teachers. This will help you strengthen the parent-teacher partnership, and will be an important part of the child’s success in school. When a child sees that parents and teachers are working together, the child will understand that his/her education is a top priority at school and at home.
What else can I do to help my child’s teacher?
- Tell teachers what they need to know about your child. You have important knowledge about your child’s likes, dislikes, needs, and problems. It may be your son learns better when he sits close to the teacher. Maybe there was a death in the family and your child is having trouble concentrating. Letting the teacher know these things will help your child at school. If she has special needs, make these known from the beginning. If you notice a big change in your child’s behavior, school performance or attitude during the school year, contact the teacher immediately.
- Stay informed during the year. Parent-teacher conferences and report cards offer some indications of how well your child is doing in school. But you also need to know how things are going between these updates. For example, if your child is having trouble in math, contact the teacher to find out when they have their next math test and when it will be returned to them. This allows you to address a problem before it mushrooms into something bigger.
- Call the teacher if your child doesn’t understand an assignment or if they need extra help to complete an assignment. You may also want to find out if your child’s teachers use e-mail to communicate with parents. Using e-mail will allow you to send and receive messages at times that are most convenience for you.
Adapted from Helping Your Child Succeed in School. U.S. Department of Education. First published in June 1993. Revised 2002 and 2005.