How do I become an effective team with my child's teacher?
I’m so glad you asked. This is so important! This is THE reason that Building the Bridge exists. So...I don’t know...read everything on the website for your answer?
Just kidding--here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Talk about the partnership with your child. Make it clear that you and Mr. So-and-So are on the same team—that you support what the teacher is doing in the classroom and you expect the child to be respectful and attentive, too.
2. Lay a foundation for your team. I cannot overstate the importance of a personal relationship with your child’s teacher. I don’t mean friends on Facebook. I mean that if you met on the street you would know each other’s names and could talk about one thing other than homework (How your Steelers doing?) Go in and introduce yourself to the teacher. Read more here.
3. Check-in with the teacher(s) often. No team functions very efficiently without communication. So don’t be afraid to send a quick text, stop by at pick-up to chat, or make an appointment to see the teacher. This is not “bothering” the teacher. This is good practice. Read more here.
4. Act like a full partner, not a customer. If you were working with someone on an important project at work you wouldn’t say—OK, you do all the work, alert me when there’s a problem and then tell me how you solved it. You would do your part. Follow through on commitments. Identify and troubleshoot problems. Confidently make suggestions. Work on compromises. In short, act like you truly are a team.
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