Working With Teachers: Showing Them Your Child’s Strengths

Parents can help teachers understand their children better, so that they can work with them more effectively, by bringing that child’s interests and passions and gifts and strengths and talents into school. If a child is struggling with reading, it’s often the case that the teacher doesn’t see all those wonderful things about the child. They see the child struggling. They see the child frustrated. They might see the child acting out, and they don’t necessarily see that wonderful child that the parent sees. The beautiful, you know, love of life and excitement, enthusiasm about something. And it’s so important that teachers see that side of the child, and unless the parent brings that to the teachers awareness and explains it. Bringing pictures in, you know saying, “Look what my child did this weekend! They swim on a swim team and they got first place!” You know, on the swim team, or whatever it is that they’re doing and really excited about. That’s so important for the teacher to know about and be aware, because a good teacher is going to find ways to celebrate that. Is gonna know that that child needs somebody to champion them throughout the day, not just when they’re home with the parent who loves them unconditionally. But they’re going to say, “Oh my gosh, I just found out something about you that is so awesome, and I want you to share this with the class.” And that could make the child’s day. I mean that kind of experience can take a child from being, “I don’t want to go to school. School stinks. I can’t do this,” to, “My teacher really cares about me, and knows that I’m good at a lot of things too.”

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