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Five Things To Know From Your Child’s Teacher

‘It takes a community to raise a child’. The truth is your child spends a great deal of his time at school where the teacher is his unofficial guardian. Therefore, it is important for parents and teachers to develop a solid relationship so that parents are aware of what is happening to their child outside of the home. It is true that children may display one behavior at home and a completely opposite behavior at school. At this point, hearing from your child’s teacher becomes vital. This article presents 5 things to know from your child’s teacher.

1. Problems in attendance or tardiness
This is important information for parents. The child may leave for school but may not get to school or get there very late. There is no way to image 47 Five Things To Know From Your Childs Teacherknow this is happening unless the teacher brings it to your attention. Once you are aware, then you can engage the child in a conversation to ascertain the reason(s) for inconsistent attendance or habitual tardiness.

2. Any unusual or uncharacteristic behavior
This could take the form of withdrawal from class mates, lack of interest in activities and poor concentration. These may be symptoms of a deeper problem such as depression. Knowing that your child may be displaying these kinds of behavior may prompt you to seek the help of a counselor if you are not able to handle the situation. You want to be in a position to deal with the matter early instead of waiting until it escalates into a bigger issue.

3. Your child’s performance
As a parent, it is important to monitor your child’s academic progress and growth. If the child is not doing well, it is important to get this feedback from the teacher. You may need to ask the teacher some probing questions in an attempt to ascertain the possible reasons for the child’s underperformance. While the teacher cannot advise you that your child may have a learning disorder, the responses may prompt you to seek professional advice.

4. Conformance to rules
Knowing if your child is getting in trouble at school is helpful information. The child may be suffering from pent up anger or frustration and releases these emotions at school. The anger may be a result of things which are happening at home that is adversely affecting the child. He may feel unable or unwilling to express these feelings at home but does so freely at school. If you become aware of this problem then counseling could be sought for the entire family unit.
5. Health and safety incidences
As a parent, you will to need to know from your child’s teacher if there have been any incidences of frequent headaches, stomach aches or any health-related concerns. Was there any incidence when you child fainted, got a fall or had to see the school nurse? This information is critical as some incidences may be symptoms of deeper problems which you want to address quickly.

Your child’s well-being at home and school is important. Therefore, parents and teachers will need to band together to achieve this goal. One of the ways to keep this relationship alive is through active Parent-Teachers associations. This provides an avenue for parents and teachers to share in the responsibility of raising healthy human beings.







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