10 things teachers want parents to know
The back to school season is in full swing.
Several thousands of students in Alabama are returning to the classroom this week.
From notebooks to book bags, they're ready to begin a brand new school year.
Can the same thing be said for parents?
Their child going back to school can be a hectic time for them as well.
Never fear, teachers are here! ABC 33/40 reached out to educators and here's a list of ten things they say parents need to know in order to make sure their child has a successful school year.
Chris Fore teaches at Sultana High School in California. He says, "Start to monitor grades and work in August, if you really care! Waiting til December to check on grades isn't helpful to your child."
Brittany Newbold from Tarrant High School tells us, "Schools need parental support to help students be as successful as possible. The things we instruct in the classroom are only half the battle. Everything we teach needs to be reinforced at home."
First grade teacher Britney Miller-Woods from Tuggle Elementary says, "I am here to help their children in every aspect possible. Also, a partnership between the parents and teachers is necessary for student success."
April Clayton is busy with a kindergarten class at McAdory Elementary. She says, "Parents need to realize that their kid is special HOWEVER they are not the only child in the classroom. Teachers do all they can to accommodate each child as an individual and sometimes parents don't realize that."
Cynthia Gage has spent several years inside a classroom and just retired as an assistant principal this past June. She says, "I would say that early and positive communication between the parents and teachers is vital. If there is a positive relationship between the two before problems arise, both teacher and parent can work together to help resolve difficult situations early."
The Fairfield City School system has been home to Tamaro Mays for several years. She says, "Many parents are hands on when their child is in elementary school, but tend to be less involved on the high school (secondary) level. Please come to open house to meet the teacher... schedule conferences not only when they misbehave or make bad grades but just to check on them."
Dwight Vincent is a high school teacher at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He tells ABC 33/40, "Make sure the student has all school supplies needed. It's amazing how many students don't have a pencil at school and expect the teacher to provide one. That's the parent's responsibility."
Another teacher in the Little Rock School district is Nick Farr who teaches at Mabelvale Middle School. He says, "With parents being involved in the core of academics, (not just athletics) such as attending math and literacy nights; attending parent meetings with PTSA; or even attending community town halls to improve the schools would make life easier for teachers."
Over in Oklahoma, Alex Rivera teaches middle school choir. He says, "We want their children to succeed. From Day One, they become "our kids," too, and cooperation is key in ensuring their students are safe and learning."
Lastly at Randolph Howell Elementary in Tenneesse, first grade teacher Constance Washington tells us, "Parents need to constantly tell their children that teachers are here to help them, listen to what teachers have to say, don't be disrespectful and DO THEIR BEST!"
The number one thing teachers say they want parents to know is to simply be involved.