Alison answers, "How Do You Partner with School If You Have A Limited Schedule?"
Our most recent episode talked about the significance of the school-family partnership. But how are you to achieve this all-important partnership if you have a limited schedule or are a working parent? Here are some tips to foster a relationship with your child’s teacher on a busy schedule.
Introduce yourself. If you can’t make it to the school’s meet and greet sessions, arrange another way to introduce yourself to the teacher. Email or call the teacher before school begins to make a quick introduction or to schedule a more convenient time to meet. At the initial introduction and communication, let the teacher know that your schedule is limited but you can be reached through email/phone call/note/a certain time. Let the teacher know what your preferred mode of communication is or the best time to reach you.
Attend parent-teacher conferences.This is the perfect time to let your child’s teacher know of your concerns and goals for the year. Conferences are typically scheduled with a parent’s schedule in mind, with most schools having evening time slots. Can’t make it at the allotted time or day? Ask the teacher is he could meet at a different time. Every teacher I know will gladly meet at a different time to discuss the child’s performance and development. Before school, a different week, during lunch…. I am very flexible when it comes to scheduling conferences. Unable to attend in person? Ask for a conference call instead. I have done this with many parents and it works wonderfully.
Having trouble volunteering your time? There are plenty of ways to still be included in the fun. Donate supplies for the classroom like tissues or disinfecting wipes. Help the teacher contact families about the event. Create a video or a recording to be played so that the child will still feel that you are part of the classroom. Be creative and think outside of the box!
Keep the lines of communication open. Drop a quick email to check in. Send a note in the child’s folder. A quick call or voicemail to see how your child is doing. We will respond and will appreciate that you took the time to communicate with us.
Show your appreciation. Teachers work hard and always love a small gesture to show that you care and appreciate them. A handwritten thank you note, an occasional email, a birthday card. A little show of thanks can make a teacher’s day.
Copyright 2019 Alison Kentos
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