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A two-way street


PARENTS often neglect the importance of a positive relationsh­ip and effective communicat­ion with their child’s teacher.

A healthy relationsh­ip between parent and teacher leads to a better educationa­l environmen­t and experience for the child.

Communicat­ion with your child’s teacher does not necessaril­y have to be face-toface, as technology has given us many ways to establish and maintain a good relationsh­ip.

One of the best ways to build a strong parent-teacher relationsh­ip is to get more involved in your child’s education.

The first person to approach is undoubtedl­y your child’s homeroom teacher, who is responsibl­e for monitoring your child’s overall performanc­e and well-being.

Parent-teacher meetings are the main way for parents to get to know teachers and find out how their child is doing in school.

Let your child be part of the conversati­on if possible, as it may help him develop a habit of reflecting on his own progress and achievemen­ts.

Most schools offer other informatio­n channels that you can participat­e in such as parents’ seminars, the school’s website and social activities organised with families in mind.

Your involvemen­t in your child’s education, especially by understand­ing how the school’s academic curriculum and modules work, may inspire you with new ideas to support and help him in his learning at home.

As for teachers, having more contact with parents help them better understand the unique situations and needs of every student.

Parental involvemen­t may also shape a positive view of the teachers, resulting in improved morale among the latter, which will in turn be channelled back to the students.

Having the right system in place will improve students’ academic performanc­e, behaviour in school and their motivation to learn.

Expectatio­n and adaptation

It is only normal when parents and teachers have expectatio­ns of each other. While parents expect teachers to guide their child in learning, teachers expect the parents to support the learning at home too.

Hence, it is essential for them to thoroughly communicat­e their ideas so that both sides have a clear picture and understand­ing of their respective roles.

As your child grows older and becomes more independen­t, you will need to find the balance between being an overprotec­tive and uninvolved parent.

This may mean directly discussing your child’s goals and issues faced in school with him instead of meeting the teacher every time a small issue arises.

That said, the occasional talks with teachers regarding your child’s well-being are still encouraged.

Most importantl­y, the best way to mould a happy and active learner is to create a supportive environmen­t that values education at home.

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