1. Teachers are HUMAN.
This means that we will make mistakes.
We can't see and hear everything that happens every minute of the day.
We can't read minds.
We care about your child or we would not be in the teaching profession.
2. Teachers DO have your child's best interest at heart.
We know that your child is the most precious thing in the world to you. We know that you are trusting your child to our care, and we will do our best to be kind, courteous, respectful, and to teach them what they need to know. In return, we expect that your child will be kind, courteous, respectful, and to work hard to learn what they need to know. We also need your support.
3. If there is a problem, let the teacher know.
Remember up there in #1 where I stated that teachers are human? Remember where I said that we can't see and hear everything that happens? It's really, really true. If something is going on with your child and he or she doesn't tell the teacher, how can the teacher help? Please don't assume that we are just ignoring the problem or not doing anything. Contact us and let us know about the situation. Odds are good that we don't know about it.
Did we make a mistake? (See #1...again) Let us know. We have a lot going on. Mistakes are bound to happen. Be kind. Be gentle. Make us aware, and give us time to fix the situation.
4. Please, please, please, don't go over the teacher's head!
If there is a problem, ask yourself the following question: "Did I talk to the teacher about this?" If the answer is, "No." See #3. If, and ONLY if, the answer is, "Yes," should you go to the principal. Talking to the teacher's boss is the same thing as a child tattling to a grown-up before trying to resolve an issue on his/her own. If you haven't spoken to the child's teacher about the issue, please do so. If you have spoken with the teacher, and you are still not satisfied with the results, then it's ok to take it to the next level.
5. Be respectful!
If you come into a conference with your mind set on raising hell, no good will come of it. Did your child fail a test or a class? This is not the teacher's fault. We don't fail people for fun. We don't like to see our students fail. Students fail as a result of not doing the work required of them. Please don't be these parents:
If you are respectful, your child will be respectful. If you are respectful, WE will be respectful.
6. Together, we can help your child to have a successful school year!
Teachers and parents are NOT on opposing sides. We ALL want your child to have a fun, successful, and wonderful school year. We ALL want your child to learn what is required. We ALL want your child to feel loved, safe, and to be happy. If we work together, communicate respectfully, and remember that we are all human, this school year can be amazing!