The triangle of learning (parent, child, teacher) works best when all involved know their roles and fulfill them to the best of their ability.

The Parent’s Role: Parents are the experts on their child’s emotional and developmental needs. Parents are also the experts on their child’s habits, schedule, likes, dislikes, and more. The best way for a parent to help his/her child garner the best education is to support his/her child in meeting the educational expectations of his/her teachers by providing the support, home environment, and tools most conducive to learning. Some children just need a daily reminder: Do your homework and reading. Others need stronger support: Go get your homework, and let’s take a look.

The Teacher’s Role: Teachers are the experts on their content areas and on general successful techniques that work for children of the age group they teach (toddlers, adolescents, young adults). The best way for a teacher to help his/her students is by providing clear expectations, guiding students through learning their unique learning styles and study habits, and communicating with parents as often as necessary. Some parents need frequent communication (weekly or daily emails or notes); other parents only need/want to hear from their child’s teacher when they initiate contact.

The Student’s Role: Students are the experts on when they understand something and when they do not. Students need to learn to be advocates for themselves. Not only do they need the encouragement and training to feel confident and comfortable enough to ask a teacher for assistance when needed, they also need to feel comfortable communicating with their parents when they need assistance.

Communicating with the Teacher

General Questions to Ask

Sometimes parents are not sure what to ask their child’s teacher. Here are some general questions to help. You can customize them to fit your child more specifically.

  1. What are your overall goals for my child?
  2. What are your daily expectations for my child?
  3. What does my child need to be successful in your class?
  4. What can I do to assist my child in being successful in your class?
  5. What are some ways that I can communicate with you if I see my child is struggling or not understanding?

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