Monday, July 21, 2008

Through a Teacher's Eyes...

First let me say, I have some great pics to share soon, but my camera battery died so the download will have to wait.

So instead I am going to get on my teacher soapbox and tell you what I wish every parent in my class could know.

1. Treat your child's teacher as a professional who (just like you) wants the best for your student. (I understand there are some who may lose this respect, but hopefully that is the exception, not the rule.)

2. All children are capable of misbehaving. They have a choice and responsibility for their behavior. Don't automatically blame the teacher.

3. Volunteer - If you can't come in during the day because of work, ask if there is something you can take home and do.

4. Homework is not meant to ruin your life.

5. Don't disrespect the teacher in front of your child.

6. No more mugs. Find out what the teacher likes if you are going to give a gift. If you don't know, buy a gift for the classroom (i.e. books, book gift cards, supplies, etc.)

7. Never use the phrase, you work 7-3 and get 3 months off in the summer. It just isn't true!

8. Read the stuff we send home.

9. Send a note or word of encouragement if you see or something you like. If you are REALLY impressed with something, tell the administration.

10. Choose an appropriate bedtime.

11. Show interest in your kids work.

12. Read at home.


My Goodness said...

I LOVE this!! This is the stuff I want to know for when my kids go to school. Those are great tips!

I hereby promise NEVER to give a mug as a about some lotion with 'world's greatest teacher' on it? Huh? Isn't that better!!?!? (snickering)

Shannon said...

Hey! Tina referred me over to your blog!

I'm a 5th grade teacher and I couldn't have said that better myself! I could add more to the list, though! Boy, I've got some tips for parents. lol

I ESPECIALLY agree with the mugs for Christmas. OH! And candles! Although, I do love them, I do NOT need a ton of vanilla-scented ones around my house. How about a Chili's gift card instead?

I'll be stopping by your blog more often. When do you go back to school?

Unknown said...

From a students perspective. Here's some things I think every teacher should know.
1.Not all kids learn the same
2. Not every kid who acts out is looking for attention
3. Kids need positive reinforcement, not negative
4. Patience is key
5. Students should not have to suffer because you are unwilling to compromise your methods
6. Teaching methods and lesson plans should be made flexible