Navigating the Parent/Teacher Relationship: 8 Tips from Both Sides of the Classroom Door

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Teacher Tip #1: Keep It in Perspective
It's important for parents to know that teachers have a busy workload. Last year I had over 150 students, so individual and consistent feedback ... more 
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Teacher Tip #1: Keep It in Perspective
It's important for parents to know that teachers have a busy workload. Last year I had over 150 students, so individual and consistent feedback for each student was really difficult. Sometimes, a class update is enough to let parents know what students have been learning on and what they're working on next.
- Lacy Stroessner, High School Journalism Teacher
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My oldest son wasn't in school long before I realized just how hard today's teachers work. As a student, I'd always respected my teachers and appreciated what they did, but it wasn't until I sent my own child off to school that I truly came to understand it. I also didn't grasp how much work was required of parents to stay informed about what was happening in the classroom. One of the most difficult parts of the job of both teachers and parents is keeping the lines of communication open to best meet children's needs. I've asked 4 experienced teachers and 4 parents to give us their tips for doing just that. - By Mary Weimer



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