What Teachers Can’t Tell Parents – Part 3
Posted on: August 9, 2019.

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When a teacher isn’t teaching, she’s almost always in a meeting with a parent, or a difficult child, or the school administrator, and sometimes she is running for want of time. If a parent is not hearing from her child’s teacher, then it is best to take it as a sign that their child is doing everything that he should be doing in class or school. If a parent still needs to talk to the teacher, she can always reach out to the teacher and fix a scheduled appointment with him/her.

Kids are like parrots; they repeat everything – everything a parent talks about in front of the child, about school. Teachers get to know what happens in a child’s house every day. Kids are good listeners as well, so we need to watch our words unless we don’t mind it being repeated by our kids elsewhere. If a parent tells her child she doesn’t like his teacher, the teacher is going to know about it. If a parent comments about the amount of homework that’s been assigned, the student is going to fuss about it too.

Just like we talk about our kids at work, our kids like to talk everything about home at school. They mention how we help them with homework (or didn’t). They give details about the vacation we took last week, when the child was ‘sick’, and also freely discuss our shortfalls and our disciplinary tactics.

Teachers have their own families too. Just like us, teachers have lives outside of their jobs and like to spend time with their own family. It’s okay if the teacher doesn’t respond to our email about any not-so-urgent query we may have, because when they walk out the building, they are OFF DUTY. Teachers can’t always help our child with their homework over phone, especially, if they’re busy helping their own kids.

Finally, teachers want to say, ‘Grades aren’t everything’. All students learn, but each one at his own pace. A child doesn’t need to excel in absolutely every subject he reads. Even if a parent is aiming for Harvard, no one is going to check a child’s fourth grade marksheets. So let children take good chunky breaks.

Not only that, but many factors can negatively affect a child’s grades, from medical to intellectual problems, poverty, lack of educational stimulation and encouragement, disability, lack of sleep, or stress at home. Teachers want parents to look for (and appreciate) consistent progress instead of perfect grades.

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