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Teaching your kids to get along with teachers

Teaching your kids to get along with teachers

It is often a common complain from our kids about their teachers. Whether it is primary school or nursery, it does not really matter as some kids tend to dislike some teachers. Perhaps a handful of teachers would actually take the time to make every student like them or be approachable at least, but in reality getting along with the teachers would always be a good thing because it will allow your kid to have a better time in class instead of dreading the thought of going to school altogether.

Apart from their parents, perhaps the other adults whom the kids can learn to be accustomed to would be their teachers. Hence it is important that such things should be implanted in their thoughts prior to sending them to school. If your kids are able to get along with their teachers, the implying affects it would have on them as they grow up are positively implanted.

Learning curve

The most positive effect of being able to approach the teacher is that your kids will be able to learn easily. That is of course the underlying principle of sending them to schools in the first place. When they are able to talk to their teachers, they overcome the hurdle of asking questions in the class. It makes their learning better and more affective. They are not afraid to speak up whenever there are questions and such. Furthermore, being able to talk to the teacher would mean that they are now able to approach them with whatsoever problems they are facing in school, even if it does not concern the classroom like socializing and bullying problems.

So what does getting along with your teacher actually means. How do you do it? To begin with, it is all about communicating with them. It is not to forge some sort of personal attention but for the teacher, if you are one of the students who ‘pays attention’ and ‘ask relevant questions’ in class, that is progress in terms of communicating with them. That is a good impression to strike. While there are always some teachers who come along with the impression that they are the ‘disciplined’ type, it is often important to note that no teacher is ever personal when it comes to teaching. Unless you get on the nerve of every teacher in the school who taught you and that the kid’s character goes before the person, then it becomes a problem. Otherwise, listening, paying attention and asking questions are the best form of telling the teacher hat the kid is interested in learning.

Your kid must be able to accept that teachers tend to be corrective in nature. They will help the student if they are weak and as such, some students tend to take it a bit more personal as they might think the teacher are picking on them. The fact is that teachers are more focused on students they find to be weak and hence tend to ask them more questions. Again, unless the student has a bad record that goes before them, teachers do not pick on specific students.

What should parents do?

In most situations, your kids might not be the best person to judge a teacher, so it is vital that you are well aware of who the teachers are and take time to visit them to check on your kid’s progress in class. This is a common method where parents are able to gauge how well their kids cope in school. Of course it is important to talk to a few teachers instead of one. Once you have the clear picture from them, then you can approach your kid. Bear in mind that you should first communicate to your kid that visiting the teacher is not trying to find faults in class but to understand how they are doing.

In talking to your kid, you have to drill in the fact that they should be doing the following in class. First of all pay attention, if your kid is one who likes to talk, then there should be times when they should not. Paying attention is important in learning so that is the primary factor. After that, be not afraid to ask questions if they don’t understand anything the teacher is teaching. If they can pass this stage then they would have successfully communicated with the teachers. As parents you have to make sure that your kids understand that teachers are there to help them, so it is okay to actually stay back after class if there are questions or anything they don’t understand. This sort of practice are less common as kids tend to rush off once the bell rings.

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