Every parent needs to remember that when it comes your child’s success, it’s a collaborative effort. It really does take a village when it comes to making sure that your child gets the education that he or she needs and deserves.
You can’t put 100 percent of the blame on the teacher and you can’t put 100 percent of the blame on your child, either. Luckily, we’ve got five signs that your child’s teacher may be affecting their progress and another five signs that say your child isn’t putting in enough effort, either. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
10 The Teacher Doesn’t Communicate
If it’s already several weeks into the school year and you’ve done everything you could on your end (including e-mailing, calling, and even sending in handwritten notes) and your child’s teacher still hasn’t responded, then you’ve got a problem.
Teacher and parent communication is very important with each and every child in the classroom. If there’s a possibility that your child’s teacher might be overwhelmed, ask what you can do to help out. If you still don’t hear from your child’s teacher, then consider talking to a school administrator for additional help. Remember that it takes a village to raise a child both at home and at school.
9 The Teacher Is Never Available After Hours
Yes, we know that many teachers put in overtime hours to make sure that they help every child succeed in their classroom. There are many that offer after school support and tutoring sessions.
But if you find that your child’s teacher is never available after hours or if there is a constant “do not disturb” sign on his or her classroom door, then it’s time to do something about it. Teachers should be willing to help a parent and not ignore them. You might want to find out of your child’s teacher has designated after school hours in which you can reach out to them.
8 The Teacher Fails To Show Progress
There are some teachers that update their students’ online gradebook every night. Others do it every week and then there are some that don’t update your child’s grade until it’s time to pass out the report cards. If your child’s teacher fails to show their progress, then you really don’t know if they are doing great or if they are failing.
A teacher shouldn’t wait until the final bell before updating parents on grades because this might turn out to be detrimental to a child’s progress in school. Ask your child’s teacher how they plan on assessing progress before the school year even begins.
7 The Teacher Doesn’t Reach Out To The Parents
With e-mails, social media, text messages and even special apps, there are a dozen or more ways that teachers can reach out to the parents of their students. In fact, some of them even put all of the days’ worth of work, homework and test schedule on an official class blog.
Honestly speaking, there really shouldn’t be a reason that a teacher can’t reach out to the parents of their classroom. If you are already a few months into the school year and you still don’t know what the heck your child is doing at school, it’s time to give the teacher a ring and ask them what’s up.
6 The Teacher Breezes Through The Material
While there’s no doubt that everyone learns at different paces, we tend to forget that academics is not a race. It shouldn’t really be a priority or even a goal for a teacher to breeze through the material or need to finish an entire textbook before the last day of school.
What’s the point if learning if you can’t catch up with your teacher, who just happens to be going at lightning speed? If this is the case with your teacher, not only do you want to give them an academic speeding ticket, but you might also want to (gently) suggest that they hit the breaks. This is not the fast and the furious for crying out loud.
5 The Child Doesn’t Do Homework
While every teacher has a different policy when it comes to homework, that’s something you need to find out or clarify from the get go.
If you know for a fact that your child does have assigned homework but that he or she isn’t keeping up with it at home, then it’s time for you to have a talk with your kid. It’s not fair to always pin the blame on the teacher when the student is only putting partial work in at home. If your child is having a hard time opening up a book at home, find a few ways that you can motivate them to study after school.
4 The Child Doesn’t Prepare For Assessment
This is definitely the hard part. Sure, doing homework is one thing but actually preparing for a test is another! More often than not a teacher will expect their students to prepare for a test not just the night before, but several days in advance.
And depending on what age your child is, that might be very hard. It takes some time for that maturity and responsibility to kick in, especially when it comes to self-initiation. However, if your child is making no effort in preparing for his or her exams, it’s time to reevaluate his or her after school routine.
3 The Child Doesn’t Ask Questions
Sure, not every child feels comfortable raising their hand in class and asking a question in the classroom. This is something that teachers have known for many years. However, there are several different ways they can still reach out to their teacher and ask if they have a problem.
For example, they can definitely email their teacher or they can wait a few minutes after school and their questions when they feel most comfortable. But if your child is not opening up or refuses to communicate with the teacher, you might want to ask both sides what’s up and what’s going on.
2 Screen Time Is More Important Than Reading Time
Now this is something that a lot of parents can relate to. When a child’s screen time is more important than his or her reading time, it’s not only time to unplug, but have a serious talk about their future. Sure, everyone loves and even needs to wind down after a long day at work or at school.
But if the screen use is becoming to the point in which your child doesn’t want to do anything else, then you’ve got a bad addiction on your hands here. While taking the screens away cold turkey might not be the best solution, definitely set boundaries and let your child know that school always comes first. The rest can wait until the weekend.
1 They Show No Emotion Towards Their Grades
It’s not always easy to be an honor roll child or even keep up with average grades at school. But the more work and effort that a child puts into their grades, the more of a chance that they might succeed in school throughout the year.
However, if you have a child that is showing no emotions towards their grades or just seems to be uninterested in school, it’s time to take a step back and figure out what’s going on. There might be another underlying issue that you might need to address here. Talk, ask questions, and listen to your child.