A few weeks ago we asked our teachers to let us know the things they would like their student’s parents to know. The responses we received back covered many different angles, but they were so good we thought we should share it. This is a Tenney teacher list, but we think this list would resonate with teachers everywhere. Here is our list of “what teachers want parents to know:”
Students in my classroom are like my children. They are the most important people in the world to me when they are my students and then when they leave, I relish in watching them as they grow and blossom.
Teachers learn a lot from their students. Funny. We are supposed to be doing the teaching.
Encourage your child to try something new and challenging. Brain research shows that new pathways are laid and more learning occurs when we make mistakes and problem solve rather than when we do things that are easy for us.
It is OK for a student to make a mistake and experience the consequences of that mistake. This is when growth happens.
You have WAY more influence on your son or daughter than you think you do. Teens may roll their eyes when you counsel them or discipline them, but they do value what you do in raising them. They’ll thank you in 20 -or-so years!
My philosophy is that education is much more than knowledge and grades. It is about experiences as well as application of knowledge. The most important part of education is the process of learning which looks different for each person.
My hope for every child is that he/she understands that every problem has a solution. We all make mistakes. It is how you handle those mistakes that defines you.
I would like parents to provide opportunities for their child to make decisions. Learning to make the right choices is a process that takes time. Since not all decisions will be the right decision, let children make simple mistakes to see the consequences. This will build confidence and teach good judgement. Also, it helps with critical thinking skills.
Students’ strengths AND weaknesses make them human. The ability to persevere through difficulty, makes them truly exceptional.
I want parents to know that I am always open to suggestions from them on the best way to help their student. I will continue to encourage and support each student as they learn.
Communicate. If a parent has a question about a grade or a policy or an assignment, contact the teacher and ask. I am sure most anything can be cleared up and any misunderstanding can be alleviated with an email or phone call.
Students are at the forefront of a teachers’ thoughts, words, words and deeds and we hope to add to their life-long journey of education.