Things your child’s teacher wish you knew

  1. I am a partner in your child’s education, not the sole provider. We are working as a team to educate your child. I can’t do it alone. I need you to help your child when they struggle. As I explained to many people, if there are 26 kids in my class then your child is lucky if they receive 1/26 of my attention. But we know that is normally not the case. There’s the child who asks for help versus the child who is quiet… and many more factors. Bottom line: I need your help, but more importantly, your child needs your help. (What’s that you say… that’s what your paying me to do. Well if you take my salary divided by the days in the school year (180), then divided by the number of students in my class…. that $9.60 a day! Take that and divided it into the 8 hour school day and I make about $1 an hour to help your child. So that’s probably not a strong argument or motivator).
  2. I am part of a institution¬†of learning, not a day care. School is not a magical place where you drop your child and they return to you eight hours later. I’m not a daycare provider. Actually, if I wanted to go into that job it’s a whole seperate degree and certification. What this means is when I call/e-mail you, it’s important you read or answer. If I write/call about your child specifically, it means you need to respond….
  3. I am not out to get your child. My day is busy…and I mean busy. I have to teach and when I’m not teaching, I’m getting the next lessons prepared, and the materials copied. When I’m not doing that, I’m in a meeting about building lesson plans or I’m preparing state-mandated requirements that allow me to keep teaching each year, and now allow me to prove myself each year as a teacher. I quickly stuff my lunch in my mouth each day in between grading or helping the child who has missed completing their work. So, please…. when I reach out to you, don’t make your child’s actions my fault. I’m not sitting around looking for things to be upset about. I’m not sitting around e-mailing lists of parents. If I’m emailing you it’s because I’ve talked to your child numerous times and I can’t seem to get through to them (see # 1 and 2). I’m looking for your help!
  4. I love your child. At the end of the day, no matter what behavior your child displays. No matter what assignment they forget, I love your child. I’m in this profession because I can find joy and goodness in each child. I want your child to succeed, and I encourage them, out of love.

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