How do you keep in contact with your childs teacher?
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Tamara - posted on 09/15/2011
All of the above. Depends on what is going on and why i need to talk to them. If J wakes up and in a bad mood i call his first period teacher to let her know so she is prepaired for it I figure she may not have time to check her mail before he gets there. Like last year when I took the kids to see my parents for a week I emailed the teachers to let them know to send home the work they will be missing. I also take advantage of the parent teacher conferences, and arena conferences to discuss things in person, also they are all open to a after school meeting if/when needed.
Lisa - posted on 09/15/2011
Teachers should give out e-mail but it is an e-mail address connected to the school. I contact via e-mail (which is the way most teachers prefer). It does not make a parent a "helicopter parent" to contact with a question or problem sometimes. No teacher should give out personal phone numbers or e-mail addresses. If you school does not have e-mail, they need to get with it!!
Michelle - posted on 09/14/2011
Because I am involved with the school I see the teachers everyday. I run the uniform shop and am also secretary of the P&C. I take my boys to school every morning and go into each class as well as when I pick them up.
It's great because if there has been a problem that day we can sort it out straight away instead of waiting for parent/teacher meetings.
Sylvia - posted on 09/14/2011
I meet the teacher at Curriculum Night and then again at parent-teacher conferences in the winter. I might bump into her (so far they've all been "her"s) on some other occasion, like the school gallery evening or something. Also, of course, the school sends notices home about various things. And the kids are issued agendas that they're supposed to write their homework etc. in; allegedly these can be used for parent-teacher communication, but in practice, not so much.
If for any reason I actually need to talk to the teacher about something specific, I ring the office and leave a message and she'll phone me back. That's happened I think two or three times since DD started school in 2007. With the exception of the Grade 1 teacher who was sort of meh, DD's teachers so far have all been lovely :)
Amanda - posted on 09/14/2011
I find it interesting that teachers actually give out phone numbers and emails. I know in my area teachers do not do this, because they do not want helocopper mothers calling or emailing them constantly. My friend who is a teacher learned her first year of teaching to never give out any phone number to get a hold of her. She only has contact with parents during school hours, or through agendas, otherwise she would have zero peace during her down time. If parents really want to get a hold of her they can call the school office and she will call them back when she finds time in her already busy day teaching children.
Sherri - posted on 09/14/2011
Phone, e-mail and person. However, usually by e-mail and if the need they will call me by phone. I also try to be very involved with the school so they always know who I am the minute I walk through the door. It helps for open communication.
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