There are three ways to use the new PKR:

  1. Browse and click on color-coded boxes that appear as if by magic as you scroll down.
  2. Click on a category for all the ParenTips under that particular category.
  3. Go to the Site Map (link) for an:
    • a) alphabetical list of all ParenTips.
    • b) A list of all 8 categories with every ParenTip in that category listed alphabetically.

Or mix and match! Have fun as you get the information you need!

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Do you want your child to succeed at school? Enter into and carefully maintain a PTP.

A PARENT-TEACHER PARTNERSHIP starts with the parent. Your child’s teacher must know from the get-go that you are interested in and committed to your child’s education. How can you get this message across?

o Start with a brief note right after school starts. “Dear Mrs. Teacher, I am Cindy’s mother. Both Cindy and I are excited about school and learning. Please let me know if there is anything I should know about Cindy and her progress. My number is_____ and my email is______. I am looking forward to meeting you at the parent-teacher conference!” Mrs. Teacher already has your telephone number on a student data sheet somewhere but this letter gives her an indication of your INTEREST.

o Make a real effort to ATTEND EVERY CONFERENCE and event at school. I know how busy you are. I was a very busy mother with a more than full-time job when my kids were little. I missed lots of parties, concerts, and movies I might have liked to attend so I could spend a maximum amount of time with my children but I went to just about everything at school I was invited to. On those occasions when I was out of town my husband went. If neither of us could attend a parent-teacher conference when scheduled, every teacher was kind enough to make special arrangements. You see, every teacher knew I wanted a strong PTP, so every teacher was willing to help make this happen.

o Pay careful attention to reports on your child both the regular report card and interim notes. The teacher spends 5 hours a day, five days a week with your child and is trained to observe progress and also watch for lack of progress.

o Observation works both ways in your PTP. If you notice your child cannot finish his or her homework or is struggling in an area, write a note to inform the teacher.

o Let your child’s teacher know about the important things that are happening in your child’s life that might impact on the child’s performance. Everything from Grandma coming to live with you to the new sibling that will arrive soon to the doctor’s advice that little Eric is gettig too big too fast and needs more exercise.

For a perspective on how teachers feel about the PTP go to From The Teacher’s Desk. I recently met and instantly bonded to Jacquie McTaggart whose book From the Teacher’s Desk can be ordered from her website. Jacquie and I sit on opposite sides of the teacher’s desk but we agree on almost every aspect of child development and learning.