What Teachers Wish You Knew
Parents, pull up a chair: According to Dr. Diane Sekeres, assistant professor of education at The University of Alabama, here's how to help your kids do their very best at school:
- Your child needs your support and encouragement to learn. The teacher, the child, and the parent are all equally important in terms of attention to the process of learning.
- Your paying attention daily to the information that comes home and returning information promptly are very helpful.
- Your checking daily that your child has completed assignments and returns to school with assignments is vital.
- Planning ahead for projects so that they can be done well without the stress of too little time will help your child learn to organize time and tasks.
- Occasional encouragements for the teacher, to let him or her know what you’ve noticed about your child’s learning and growth, help the lines of communication stay open.
- Check with the teacher to find out what she or he knows before you complain about something your child relates to you that happened during the day.
- Come visit the classroom, eat lunch with your child, volunteer to help out or teach the children about something you know well.