Don’t wait for the parent-teacher interview to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. You can say simply say hi at school drop off or pick up, and you’ve then put a face to a name. It’s much easier to talk with your child about his or her day if you know the teacher, even just by face.
Many teachers are happy to communicate with parents by email. Check with your child’s teacher if this is appropriate and if so, it’s a great way to keep the teacher up to date with what’s going on for your child. It’s much easier to solve a problem your child may be having in class if you can talk to his or her teacher about it earlier rather than letting it build up. Keep in mind there are many other children in the class and if the teacher had to read an email from every parent each morning there wouldn’t be a lot of work being done.
When parent-teacher interview time arrives, make a list of the issues you want to discuss. There may not be enough time to go through everything so prioritise your list to ensure your most important issues are discussed first. Also, ask your child if they have any issues they would like you to discuss on their behalf.
Don’t be shy about sharing any difficulties that may be occurring at home. If your child’s teacher knows that something is up at home, they can provide extra support for your child during class time.