For many parents of children in grammar school the difficult task is knowing what is happening at school. There is no doubt that most parents want to know what happens after they put their child onto the bus and encourage that child to participate in school. The problem is not the desire to know what is happening but having the means to know. Ask most children how their day at school was and the answer is often, “fine” or “good.” Without much elaboration, it can be hard to know what is really going on.
One of the best ways to have a better idea of what is occurring at school, both academically and with other children, is to simply have a good relationship with teachers. Teachers will provide as much information as possible to a parent that is receptive. A parent who is less than willing to learn what his or her child is doing, good or bad, is unlikely to have a solid idea of what is occurring at school.
At the start of the school year, discuss communication options with the teacher. If you use a cell phone, provide the teacher with the number. Encourage the teacher to send emails, too, which is often and easier and faster method of communication.
Throughout the year, stop by before or after school. Check in with the teacher to find out how your child is doing. More so, if you have the ability to participate within the classroom, do so. This allows a first hand look at what occurs in the school.
Finding the information necessary to improve your education of what is happening at school is important. A teacher is often the go to person.