Why It’s Important to Partner With Your Child’s Teacher

I am a big believer in collaboration and forming a true team of advocates for your child. As the spouse, friend, and relative of lifelong educators, I believe firmly that such a partnership begins and ends with your child’s teacher.
One of the best article I have read on the subject was written by Amanda Morin[1].
Mrs. Morin wrote, and I concur that:
Partnering with your child’s teacher can have a powerful impact. When you and your child’s teacher have a good relationship and communicate regularly about his learning and attention issues, it’s easier to work together to help him succeed in school. It makes it easier for both of you to share concerns and celebrate successes.”
As Ms. Morin opined, building and nurturing this relationship can both give you an even better understanding of your child, and well as provide you with the opportunity to share with the teacher the concerns you may have or things you are seeing at home that they are not seeing in the classroom. Be it home work struggles, anxiety about school work, class mates, issues with specific curriculum or types of assignments.
Understanding your child’s learning style, and their strengths and weaknesses can help his teacher adapt their approach, or methodology for your student, by helping them to predict what might be difficult for your child and to determine what type of accommodations or adjustments they might make to make learning easier for the.
As Ms. Morin eloquently writes:
“Keep in mind, the more the teacher knows about your child, the better she can engage him in learning. For instance, if your child struggles with writing and she knows he’s interested in dogs, she may incorporate that interest into his writing assignment.”
I have seen this work first hand in so many instances, and have heard countless examples of the same cited in many meeting attended, all of which helps to develop more detailed & successful education plans.
Having shared expectations between their teacher and their parents, as well as a common language used at home and at school will make life less stressful for your student, as well promote self confidence, because your student will know that everyone is behind them, and wants them to succeed in becoming a independent learner.