Working Together with Your Child's Teacher

Easy Ways to Forge a Great Relationship

Stay in touch.

Introduce yourself as soon as you have the opportunity, and find out whether she prefers that you communicate by phone, note, or e-mail.

Lend a hand.

Volunteer to be a class parent, chaperone field trips, or speak for Career Day. If you can't take on those commitments, or if you work full-time, ask the teacher what you can do to support his work, suggests Parents adviser Kathleen McCartney, Ph.D., a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Donating supplies or snacks, or even making copies, can be a big help.

Be open to input.

Try not to get defensive if the teacher offers constructive criticism about your child. If there are areas in which your child can improve, ask how you can help.

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