Working Together with Your Child's Teacher

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Throughout the year, let the teacher know whenever anything difficult is going on at home, such as the death of a pet or an impending divorce. "Teachers also need feedback about assignments," says Charlotte Ackerman, an elementary-school teacher in Tuscon, Arizona. "If homework takes your child hours to complete, write the teacher a note. That way, she'll be able to make adjustments for next time." It's nice to get positive feedback too, Ackerman adds. "When I get a note saying, 'Lisa talked about the science experiment for days,' that tells me it's a thought-provoking activity and I should build on it."

Establishing a good relationship with the teacher will also help your child feel more comfortable and confident in the classroom. He'll know that you're working together to help him have a happy, productive year.

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