Whenever anything goes wrong with the IEP or the special needs student begins to struggle in school, parents may feel as if the special education teacher is out to get them. This can lead to feelings of self-preservation and a judgmental attitude. While parents are responsible for protecting their children in the midst of messy school situations, parents also have a vital role in supporting special education teachers despite the turmoil of unresolved issues. Here are a few tips that parents can use for backing up and encouraging special education teachers.
Volunteering in the classroom can be a great way for parents to support the teacher while also seeing how their children are doing. Many school districts offer spots for parents to become room parents. These individuals are the helping hands the teacher needs particularly when it comes to doing special projects or attending school-wide events. Parents can also donate classroom supplies if they do not have the time to invest in being a room parent.
While over-communication can certainly be a problem, most special education teachers will state that they have the best relationships with parents who communicate enough. Teachers will be able to work the best with the student when they know what is going on at home and whether or not there have been any developmental changes.
A simple thank you, a thoughtful gift or an encouraging note can be just what a special education teacher needs to keep going. At certain times of the year, such as around the holidays or at the end of the school year, parents can join together to purchase a gift or to sign a group card acknowledging all that the teacher does.