What Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Tell You
It is back to school time, and as an educator, I can tell you there are many things your child’s teacher wants to tell you but probably won’t. Why? Perhaps because they don’t feel as though they know you well enough yet, or don’t want to overwhelm you going in to a new school year. But no worries, you are going to find out everything you need to know right here. Below, you will find 7 things your child’s teacher wants you to know, but hasn’t been able to tell you…yet.
7 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants to Tell You:
1. Leave the distracting school supplies at home.
Light up pencils, glitter pens, and pencil sharpeners that talk are all very fun, but they are huge distractions. They tend to get lost, or used by other students, and then all sorts of issue ensue. Instead, leave these fun supplies at home for home use. Your child will be more focused, and you won’t have to worry about the item turning up broken or missing.
2. I want to be partners.
As your child’s teacher, I want to be a partner with you. I want to work on a level playing field where we both feel respected, open to communicate, and doing whatever we can to help your child. Don’t think of me as anything scary or intimidating, let’s be partners. Make sure I have contact numbers for you and I will be sure you have the same.
3. Tissues and sanitizer can be used all year.
I really appreciate the supplies you donate to the classroom. Really! Would you consider some donations mid year as well? This is when a great deal of these supplies run out and we need more. If you would be so generous, could you please help us restock at that time by sending in a donation or two?
4. Eight hours of sleep are vital.
I can tell when a child is lacking sleep. They are easily distracted, slow moving, and their studies will suffer. Eight hours of sleep is vital, and it is up to you to see that they are getting it. When they don’t, it can throw the whole classroom off. So settle in early each evening and be sure your child is getting plenty of rest.
5. A healthy breakfast goes a long way.
It is hard for me to do my job when a child is hungry or running on a sugar fueled breakfast. Instead, opt for high protein, low sugar breakfasts that consist of plenty of fruit, fresh juices, and foods that will keep them full and fueled. I need them to be able to make it until lunch with tons of energy!
6. Character trumps everything.
Your child may struggle in math, or reading, or writing, but what matters to me the most is that we are raising a child who is kind, considerate, and respectful of others. If your child is struggling in his studies we can address that, but real victory lies in seeing that we are also creating members of society that are rich in character.
7. I need positive feedback too.
Just like you and your child feel amazing when you hear you are doing a “great job” or “working hard” or even “appreciated,” please know that I need a boost sometimes too. Do you think I am doing a great job? If so, let me know! I would like to know where my strengths are and even when there are things I need to improve. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
So there you have it! These 7 things are items your child’s teacher wishes he or she could tell you and maybe just not has had the chance. Print this list off and keep these in mind as you approach the new school year with enthusiasm and high hopes! Your child’s teacher is sure to appreciate you for it.
Also don’t forget to volunteer in the classroom (if you have time) or find ways that you can your child’s teacher!