Parents/Guardians of Sandhurst Preparatory College ®.are committed to:
- Helping and encouraging children to develop strong spiritual and moral values.
- Taking an active and supportive interest in the School’s aspirations.
- Taking an active interest in children’s work and progress and in this regard regularly attending parents’ meetings.
- Supporting the values, authority and discipline of the school.
- Ensuring children abide by the school rules.
- Reading and committing themselves to the relevant policy documents that pertain to them at this school.
- Being heard by educators.
- Listening to educators.
Holding discussions with educators at a time and place that permits full and confidential exploration of issues:
– Concerns will be directed at the educator only.
– The issue / problem will be articulated clearly and fully.
– Educators will be afforded the opportunity to work towards a solution, which will require sufficient time.
- Recognising that:
– Educators are trained professionals.
– Educators’ perspectives may differ from parents’.
– Educators have multiple time commitments.
Every single parent and every single teacher on the planet have a common goal: for your child to have the best school year possible. Building a strong parent-teacher relationship is one of the best was to ensure that this happens.
No school year will ever go off without any bumps in the road, but by making sure that the parent-teacher relationship is a strong one, you can be assured that when problems do arise, they will be handled as smoothly as possible on everyone’s behalf.
There are several things that both parents and teachers can do to ensure that the parent teacher relationship is as healthy as possible, and a great deal of it relies on communication.
One of the things that you can do is to give your child’s teacher as much information as possible about your child. Obviously, your teacher needs to know right away about things like medical conditions. There are other things though that you should share with your child’s teacher that will help them to know your child better. Timing is key though, and bombarding the teacher on the first day of school, at the start of the day, or at dismissal will probably not get you the best response. A teacher is busy doing many things at once, and does not always have the time to talk with a parent on the spur of the moment.
- If you have concerns, call or email the teacher and ask if they could get in touch with you at their convenience.
- Drop a friendly note and say something like “I haven’t had a chance to meet with you since conferences are not until November, but I just wanted you to know that _____ is a little sensitive and can have some trouble with transitions.
Another tip for parents is to be careful about what you say about other children in the class, and other teachers in the building. Although it can be very tempting to talk poorly about another child that your child has had a problem with in the past, this is not the best way to build the relationship with the teacher. You should certainly let the teacher know at some point if your child has had ongoing problems with a certain child in the room as this information will help him or her to make decisions in the classroom based on that information. Stop short though of badmouthing either the child, or their parents.
The same is true with other teachers. If you talk negatively to your current teacher about your old one, it will make the current one feel on edge wondering how you talk about them to other people. The current teacher may also be friends with the previous one.
Again, communication is key. It is extremely important to make yourself as approachable as possible to parents. In the beginning of the year, you should make sure that you provide parents with several ways to reach you. While most people use email these days, there are still some parents who will be more comfortable contacting you via telephone or traditional note. Make sure that you reach out in the beginning of the year and find out if there are parents who do not check their emails regularly. You will want to be sure that you send important information to them in a way that will ensure that they get it.
Another way to make sure that you seem approachable to parents is to simply be as friendly as possible. Often times, parents are intimidated by the school setting, or think back to their own negative experiences they may have had as a student. Making everyone feel welcome when they visit your classroom can be as simple as being warm and inviting.
Lastly for both parents and teachers, make sure that you do not contact each other only when there is a problem.
Teachers should contact parents from time to time to offer praise, observations or ask questions. You do not want to be the teacher who only calls when “________ is in trouble”.
Parents should feel free to contact teachers for the same reasons. Ask questions or offer positive comments.
If you keep this simple things in mind, you should be well on your way to developing the most positive parent-teacher relationship possible, which will do nothing but benefit your child