It’s that time of the year when all schools start thinking about what their configuration is for the next year, what their staffing is, and the Principal and the teachers start having conversations about which classes the kids should go into, which teachers they should have, and which peer groups should be kept together or separated.
And this is also the time of year, that I want to know that my kids teachers’ and I are on the same page. Things like how they are getting on in class, how their goals are being met, and what their current teacher feels that they should be moving into workwise, goal wise, growth wise and anything else related to their peer groups, or their own personalities that is important for me to hear after they have been with their teacher for a year. I want to know what my kids teachers are saying about them, how they feel about their direction and any points of interest.
The only way to get this in a non-hurried way, is for me to set up an interview time with each of my children’s teachers and have the conversation.
The last school interviews were a long time ago, and reports that come out at the end of the year don’t say everything. Plus, I’m the sort of person who enjoys talking to teachers, and feels like it’s important to have this time to touch base again.
I also enjoy setting up the time to talk to the school principal about my children and about their personalities. We talk about what has worked for the kids this year, about where their teachers and I see them growing next year, and have a friendly catch up. I know a lot of people are pretty scared about talking to their school principal, and it is a pretty busy role, so their time is limited, but I also see it as an opportunity.
I have four children at school now, and initially, my end of the year chats were maybe met with some scepticism but after 5 years of doing this, and creating a relationship with the school in this way, I feel like they have got my children’s best interests at heart, and I feel like as a result I am also more supportive of the teachers and of my children’s learning.
It is not a normal practice for parents to take this active role in talking to their teachers, principal or school, unless their child is having a problem that needs addressing. My suggestion to you, is that having these conversations with staff and school while things are going well, oftentimes encourages these to continue.
Kids get to see that their parents are in the school, asking questions, and being involved. Actively involved parents can help make a huge difference in children’s learning and achievements at school age.
Have a think about your situation – is their a benefit to you, and your child, by implementing something like this at your school?