Teachers have a tough job, many with upwards of twenty to thirty students per class. With all of those students, teachers must prioritize and focus more on the students that are having a difficult time learning. With all of that going on, it is possible for your child to become lost in the mix if he or she is making grades that are good or passable and is not making a fuss. However, flying under the radar may prevent both parents and teachers from noticing other issues that are going on. To make sure that you know where your child really stands in school, you should meet with your child’s teacher often.
Teachers Welcome Interest
There are not many parents that make it a point to meet with teachers outside of the regular parent/teacher conferences and called meetings, so teachers welcome those parents that do take an interest. When meeting on a regular and informal basis, teachers are likely to be more open and less stressed than at conferences or called meetings, so teachers may be able to provide some valuable insights. Meeting this way may also help parents to build a relationship with teachers, which can be helpful in the event that learning or behavioral issues do crop up.
Spotting Issues Ahead of Time
Teachers don’t know kids like their parents do, so speaking to teachers may help parents to spot behavioral abnormalities that may indicate a problem. For example, if the teacher says that a child seems tired all of the time and is having trouble focusing, parents may come to find out that their child is staying awake in bed watching shows or reading books and not getting enough sleep. Teachers may not know that your child is typically a ball of energy, so they may not realize that there is an issue until speaking to parents.