Sunday, September 26, 2010

What Teachers Wished You Knew

Long before I was a mom I was a teacher.  I taught 2nd grade inclusion for 3 years, 3rd grade gifted for two years, and now I'm a reading teacher.  I will admit that the way I speak to parents after I joined the mommy club has changed.  I try to imagine that their little monster is my little monster.  How would I want someone to tell me that my daughter was struggling?  With the school year in full swing I thought I might give all you parents out there on some tips on how to deal with your child's teacher.

Your kid is not an angel.  As a teacher there is nothing more frustrating then trying to communicate to a parent that in one weeks time their kid stuck gum in another students hair, didn't do one homework assignment, and talks all day long and they look at me bewildered and say "Not my kid."  Yes, your kid I swear it.  Denying that your kid has behavioral issues is doing nothing to correct it.  Parents are also responsible for their children's behaviors.  So buying your kid a new DS game after I write you a sad note home is doing nothing for your child.

When your kid tells you that they don't have homework, they're probably lying.  

Sometimes when a child is having a really difficult time academically his/her teacher may suggest that they get tested for special services.  As a parent I can't imagine anything more devastating than hearing that my baby couldn't keep up with his class and may need specialized education, but the fact of the matter is that early intervention is the best way to support your children.  Sticking your head in the sand is a disservice.  

The cutest kids are usually the biggest pains in the ass.

Teachers do have favorites as well as ones that grate on their nerves, this is normal.  Showing this preference is not.  

Reading to your child is the best thing you can do for them.

Dunkin' Donuts Gift Cards are the single best gift you can give a teacher except a heartfelt thank you note.

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alison said...

i have been teaching for 8 years now and i agree with every single thing you said! especially the last one..... one simple thank you from a parent/student can carry a teacher through an entire year of crappy attitudes from everyone else. and dunkin donuts gift card??? like manna from the heavens ;)

Monster's Mommy said...

::starts slow clap::


And really? How many times have we gotten a big framed picture of a student as a gift? Should I put that on my mantle next to pictures of Simon??

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Lindsey Brackett said...

I totally agree...and we might be on the same wavelength this week. I was thinking about posting a blog on what middle school teachers wish parents knew.

The Griffiths said...

Love, love, love this post!! You are so right and I wish I could post this entry on my classroom's website. However, I think that it might be frowned upon. Another thing teachers love, money instead of mugs! I don't even drink coffee, people!

mtendere said...

Love it and can totally relate. I'll have to join in on the middle school teacher post. Don't know about the Dunkin' Donuts card though - I once got a Coldstone gift card. That was pretty awesome.

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