1. Research shows that when parents and teachers are on the same page and support each other, that it supports a child’s learning outcomes. It shows that you value learning. It shows your child that you both want him or her to learn. It also promotes unity. Simply type in teacher/ parent relationships into Google and you will find that wealth of evidence
2. When your child is sick, teachers are there. How many times have you had to leave your sick child at school? A sniffle. A cold. A headache. Teachers are the ones nurture, smile and show empathy for your child and help them get through their day.
3. Relationships are built over time. It takes hard work. Making an effort to get to know your child’s teacher (without prying of course) shows that you value them. This in turn means that teachers feel appreciated understood and supported.
4. If or when something goes wrong, teachers will be the ones who will protect your child and keep them safe. There have been stories of how teachers have given their lives or put the children’s safety first when a disaster or emergency happens. In the event of an emergency, teachers are there and willing to protect your child, even at their own risk.
5. Having a positive relationship with your child’s teacher can often boost attendance, behaviour and willingness to complete homework. Children seem to know when you understand them and their family situation. The more positive the communication, the more positive the child’s response. Over fourteen years, I have found the more that I make an effort to share positive feedback frequently, the better the engagement of the students in learning.
6. Teachers are not mind readers. We do not know what is happening at home or circumstances that may affect your child’s learning. Having strong communication lines can help educators understand and support children in times of need or unique circumstances. This is easier to share when you have a positive relationship with your child’s teacher.
7. Teachers are people who work free overtime, weekends, late nights all unpaid. They often give up their own family time, lunch breaks, holidays and socialising time to go that extra mile. And you don’t always see it. They put up displays, assess work, make resources, laminate, research, network and the list goes on. Teachers will sometimes buy items for your child to use out of their own pocket. Why? Because at the end of the day they want your child to be a successful learner. They want school to be engaging and meaningful. Surely, that is worthy of appreciation and respect?
At the end of the day, building a positive relationship with your child’s teacher is a strong building block in helping your child learn. So please, make the time and the effort to get to know your child’s teacher today.