Parent Teacher Communication – How to get the most of a meeting

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Research shows that children do better in school when parents get involved in what is going on in the school and communicate frequently with the teachers. We, at MLZS welcome all parents to communicate with the teachers, especially earlier in the academic year to help our teachers understand your child and his developmental needs.

Here’s a quick list of points that will help you to make a parent teacher meeting fruitful for your child and the teacher.

·         Keep the appointment of every Parent Teacher Meeting (PTM): MLZS regularly organizes parent teacher meetings. Make sure you never miss these. This is a great time to for you to discuss your child’s problems with the teacher. It also helps when you share your home environment with the teacher so that she is better equipped to understand where the child is coming from.

·         Keep your agenda ready: when you arrive for the PTM, make sure you have jotted down your questions and observations that you wish to discuss with the teacher. If possible, take notes about what the teacher has to offer.

·         Be positive and courteous: Teachers are a dedicated lot. All MLZS teachers are extremely dedicated and work really hard. Even during vacations! So have a positive outlook when interacting with the teachers. If you have some issues or problems, try using kind words like “Please, could you…” and “Thank you for all you did,” instead of “”You should have…” or “You must be mistaken.”

·         Accept differences: Sometimes you may really “click” with a teacher and other times it may seem a struggle to keep the lines of communication open. Listen to the teacher to get a sense of who she or he is. Hear what the teacher has to say about his or her expectations, classroom, and your student. Don’t argue with or criticize the teacher in front of your child.
Be our partner: Thirty years of research shows that children do better in school when their parents are involved. Some of the most important things you can do are to: 
  • Help with homework as needed and appropriate. 
  • Help your child learn the skills needed to manage time and stay on task. 
  • Ask teachers for clarification on instructions and assignments as needed. 
  • Talk about school matters with your student at home. 
  • Ask teachers what you can do to help your child at home.

And finally, be open to the teacher’s suggestions. Sometimes, they are able to point out the correct way forward as a third party. Believe in us, because we will safeguard your children and lead them towards being 21stcentury leaders. That is, and always be our priority.