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5 Ways to Help Teachers Get to Know Your Child

For 10 months out of the year, your child spends 7 hours a day, 5 days a week with their teacher. That’s around 180 days and over 1,200 hours with your child. It is difficult to quickly learn about every student in the class so they can support them socially, emotionally, academically, and teach them. This year it will be even more difficult with so many schools starting the year virtually, so here we have 5 ways to help teachers get to know your child. Answering questionnaires or informational papers provides insight for the teacher and allows them to create a more meaningful relationship with your child throughout the year.

Below is a list of documents, each with a brief description, that will help guide you. Every teacher is different and may have you fill out their own forms, however any and all of these would be beneficial for your child’s teachers to receive at the start of the school year. As a teacher, I would be grateful to get additional information about any child in my class. Look through and pick which one or ones you think would be most helpful to you, your child, and their teacher. I cannot stress enough the importance of honesty and openness when answering these questions. Teachers love your children and want to support them, but it can be difficult if they don’t know the whole child.

  • Parent Information Sheet – Simple contact information as well as a few short answer questions that you will answer about your child to give insight to the teacher.

  • Student and Parent Questionnaire– 10 questions that both you and your child will answer by circling yes, no, or sometimes. It will help the teacher get to know your child better by seeing both perspectives.

  • Interview with Your Child – 10 short answer questions you ask your child and write their responses. It will give the teacher, and possibly you, a deeper understanding of your child.

  • A Letter to the Teacher – A template with ideas of what to include when writing a letter to the teacher about your child.

  • 5 Questions to Think About at Home – 5 questions, each with 4 sub-questions, to pose at home to encourage conversations that ensure you are supporting your child and their teacher, and also to help you feel supported.

Written by Kathleen Limbaugh, M.A.T. & NBCT.  Kathleen is a National Board Certified Teacher and you may read more about her here.

Read more great Teacher Tips for Parents here.

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