School Days Are Here Again | Preparing for Another School Year Part 3 Teacher Tips

After all the lesson planning, revamping, and project creating, there is still so much we have to take into consideration. No matter what the level, there are always parent communication,, classroom rules, and school policies to go over. This is often the most tedious part of being a teacher. As someone who is now a preschool teacher, I am still dealing with the same issues. Here are some of my tips to ensure your child has a simple introduction into the school year.

Read the documents – This is so easy and yet so often overlooked. I know there are TONS of documents that go home and there is no way to remember everything – but it is so important that you take the time to read them and follow through on what they are saying. There are so many issues that would easily be solved if parents just read the information in these documents.

Ask questions in advance – Once you have read the documents please ask questions ASAP. The sooner you get clarification, the easier it is to come to a solution. Waiting too long may prevent a solution from occuring, or may create more issues for your child and the school later. Write down your questions and send an email so this way your can refer to the answers at any time. Paper trails are very important to maintain communication.

Write your name on everything – This may seem tedious and unnecessary, but honestly so needed – especially in the beginning of the school year. We have hundreds (in some cases more) of students. It is incredibly hard to keep track of their belongings. If these items are important to you – then keep them at home. If you want a better chance of these items returning home then put your name on them… period.

Don’t linger – Please PLEASE don’t be that parent that doesn’t get the hint that it is time to leave. If you look around and everyone has left.. Yeah you missed your cue. No big deal! Gather your belongings and go! Don’t then continue to have another 30 minute conversation before you leave. Teacher do have lives and things to attend to… not only that but we are NOT your best friends. We can’t be (unfortunately) because it wouldn’t be fair to the other students. So please be mindful and respectful of our time so we can return the same courtesy.

Trust your child’s teacher – Teachers join the profession to help children… period! Teaching is not glamorous, doesn’t pay well, and has minimal perks. Yeah those “summers off” are often spent at summer school, secondary jobs, or further education. Rarely is it completely time off. So please go into the school year trusting that your teacher loves your child and wants the best for them!! Going in with an open mind will really help the scenario. Now if something inappropriate happens, then you deal with it immediately!! But going into the school year with a chip on your shoulder will only harm your child’s school year.

Honestly I know these things sound ridiculous and shouldn’t even be an issue. But they really are for SO many parents. I have literally gone over these topics every year… more than once. I hope that these little tidbits set you up for success for you and your child this school year!!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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