Tips for Collaborating with Teachers
Hey, Mama. It’s hard to believe that the new school year is right around the corner. I can honestly say that I’m ready for these kiddos to get back into a regular school routine.
Before we head back to school, I thought I’d share some lessons that I learned about collaborating with your middle schoolers teacher this upcoming year.
I went into the school year thinking that we would have the same level of communication as in elementary but I was totally off. I didn’t consider that due to a number of classes and teachers that the communication level would be different.
In this episode, I share some tips on collaborating with teachers based on my own year one middle school experience as a parent.
- Parent Teacher conferences are structured differently. They may not be as frequent.
- You have to initiate conversations with the teachers instead of waiting for them to reach out.
- Get the 4-1-1 from your middle schooler about how they are feeling about their classes and teachers. Do they feel supported?
- Don’t be quick to defend your kid when the teacher calls with classroom or learning concerns. It’s a great opportunity to help your kiddo practice empathy by putting themselves in their teacher’s shoes.
- Teachers are people. They make mistakes and need grace too.
I hope that my experience helps you as you set out to be in partnership with your kiddos middle school teachers.
The village extends to teachers as well.
Let’s get to it.
Grab your coffee, push play and listen in as I share tips for collaborating with teachers the first year of your kiddos middle school, then I invite you to share any aha’s that you have from this episode.
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Let me know in the comments section below. Us mamas are on this journey together. Your aha may help another mom. I’m reading each comment!
HI! I’m Jennifer. Wife to Ronald. Mom to preteen, Mekhi and 8-year old Ayden. I’m a fam-focused, faith-filled, purpose-driven everyday girlfriend navigating life in the middle. I believe in purposeful pause and reflection ’cause sometimes you gotta slow down to gain perspective. And perspective is just what I’m sharing with other M.O.Ms (moms of middle schoolers).
Hi, I’m Mekhi and I’m 11 years old. I enjoy playing basketball, reading long novels, and pestering my sister. Some people call me a jokester but I’m just a naturally funny dude. My mom always says, “Be a kid as long as you can.” It’s kinda hard when everyone expects you to be so mature and grown up. But, I’m taking it one day at a time.
- Knowing that the level of communication may be different in middle school
- Why it’s important for parents to initiate communication with teachers
- A reminder that teachers as people
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See you next time, Mama!
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