Relationships are one of the most important parts of life because they foster a sense of community and help people work together in teams. Nowhere is this more important than in the school setting where teachers spend a great deal of time with each student every day. To ensure that parents stay in the know on important matters and to help their special needs children get the attention that they need to succeed, it is important for parents to foster relationships with their children’s teachers. Here are a few tips for how you can do this.
Communicate Frequently but Briefly
Frequent communication with the teacher will ensure that both of you stay on the same page with what is going on with your child. Be sure to communicate changes in your child’s abilities or medical needs. Ask the teacher whether he or she would prefer to talk via telephone, email or in person.
Create a Handy Fact Sheet
Your child’s teacher has many students to remember constantly. Make it easy on the teacher by creating a fact sheet telling him or her the most pertinent information about your child. This could include information about family life, favorite foods and activities and behavioral issues.
Gifts are a great part of any relationship. Consider giving the teacher a gift at Christmas and at the end of the year. However, thoughtful gifts interspersed between these times are also great. Remember that the gift does not have to be expensive to be meaningful. Even a batch of home-baked cookies can speak volumes.
Volunteering in your child’s classroom can help the teacher by providing him or her with an extra set of hands and can give you a chance to see how your child is really progressing in school. You may be able to be a classroom helper, or you may be given administrative tasks that save the teacher time.