Communication with your child's teacher is SO important. Ideally the child is communicating on her own, and if that is not possible, you need to keep the communication open.
Things to remember:
1. You only have control of your own communication, actions and intentions. Be respectful, regardless of the situation.
2. Your child may act and perform very different at home and at school.
3. Listen carefully to the teacher's ideas before telling her what to do with your child. As long as your child is happy and moving forward, there are many ways to get from A to Z.
4. Listen to your child's words or watch for unusual behaviors at home. You'll know if things at school are "off." Don't jump right in immediately [unless it's a safety issue], and don't let a bad situation linger.....find the balance.
5. What do you think my daughter/son needs to move forward? Can I help? What is the best way to follow up with you, if the plan is not working?
6. Be persistent and not annoying! Yes, your child deserves to thrive.
7. Continue to teach and encourage your child to communicate with her teacher directly and acknowledge your child when this is happening. Ask the teacher to do the same....everyone wins!
Tricia (original post 9/2014)
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Tricia (original post 1/2015)
You've communicated clearly, are being patient, and that thing that you need to happen is just not happening! Waiting for someone or something that is simply not ready, can be exhausting. There is a balance between being patient and helping the situation move forward. What is your next step? Tricia (original post Nov. 2014)
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Tricia (original post from 2/2014)