Gone are the days when you would walk your child to their classroom. No longer can you chit-chat with the teachers about their weekend or evening or ask how your child is doing. We all took for granted those moments pre-pandemic. Children are now dropped off in the carpool lane and sent off to the unknown (to you at least, not them). Having a relationship with your child’s teacher is vital in their education. It allows us to obviously get to know the people caring for your child while you are apart but you are able to find out your child’s progress. So how is this relationship possible when you barely get a chance to speak to your child’s teacher? Here are some examples of how to develop a relationship with your child’s teacher.
Old Fashion Note
Jot down a handwritten note to the teachers. This can be your opportunity to introduce yourself or to ask them a question about your child’s progress. A handwritten note shows that you as a parent care enough to take the time to write down your thoughts or concerns.
Use the School’s App
Some schools have wonderful apps, like Seesaw or Brightwheel, that allow parents and teachers to communicate. With this technology, it allows teachers to message parents and even upload pictures / artwork. Use the app to message quick notes often to the teachers.
Most teachers have a school-based email address. At the beginning of the year or at some point during the school year, ask for the teacher’s email. Once again, use this to communicate with the teachers.
At Pick up / Drop off
Most teachers rotate throughout the week with drop off / pick up carpool. Take this time to talk to the teacher about how your child’s day went or any questions you may have. This is the perfect time to put a face to the name (Ms. Mary , etc.) and vice versa for them to see you (with a mask obviously).
Ask your Child
Lastly, if your child is at the age where they can communicate clearly with you and the teacher, ask them how their day went, and ask about their teacher. Then you will get to know the amazing person caring for them. Children also can relate to the teacher how Mommy or Daddy wishes they could meet them to establish a better relationship.
Any way you choose, communication is obviously the key. Teachers are trying their best. Parents are trying their best. Let’s make it work and hopefully one day this issue will no longer be a concern.