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Everyone wants to impress their child's teacher ... but these days, a shinyapple just isn't going to get the job done.

teacher at her desk

Here are some ways to win points with your child's teacher:

1) Make sure your child arrives at school prepared and on time.
If your child is constantly coming to class late or without his/her homework, it reflects poorly on the parent (you!).

2) Volunteer in your child's classroom.
If your kid's school allows parent volunteers, give your time.It will earn you respect and allow you to develop a relationship withthe teacher (and get a feel for his/her teaching style, too).

3) Attend events like "back-to-school" night.
This will allow you to meet the teacher and see what goes on in theclassroom. Make every effort to be there for this -- being a no-show sends themessage that you just don't care that much.

4) Compliment your child's teacher.
If you notice something you like --or that your child has mentioned liking -- make it a point to bring it up.Teachers don't get enough positive reinforcement, and (sincere) flattery goes a longway.

5) Ask if the teacher needs any classroom supplies.
Each year, teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on things forthe classroom. Offering to purchase things the class needs will not onlyearn the admiration of the teacher, it will benefit your child, too.

How do YOU make a good impression on your kid's teacher? Comment below.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
XXXX August 30, 2010, 5:51 PM

Just kiss their butt!

HeeHee August 31, 2010, 8:56 AM

Let the butt kissing begin!

Mommy C September 2, 2010, 8:35 AM

My daughter brings her teacher a flower from our flower garden every day. She does this on her own, she really likes her teacher.

Trina September 4, 2010, 4:38 PM

Look, I get that teachers are undervalued, however, I have to disagree with point one. Students need to learn to be responsible for their own homework, and promptness. Too many students reach highschool level and still rely on their mommies to get them out of ‘issues’ like homework and such. Perhaps that does reflect on the parenting, but teach them early to be responsible so you arent holding their hand at University.

Dr. George Hadley September 4, 2010, 5:04 PM

Loved your How to make an impression on your child’s teacher - all good points. Having your child’s teacher in your and your child’s corner is very good. I was a teacher for many years and as much as we try not to have favorites we still have some. The way we relate with the parents is a big part of that.
I just wrote a column in under Ask Dr. Hadley on three types of teachers - the very good ones, the ones that are ok, and do an average job. Need to supplement home teaching for what they do or don’t do. Then there are the teachers that shouldn’t be teaching. Need to move child out of their classroom - lots of parents don’t realize this as an option. 180+ days with them is hell for your child. Keep up the good work. Parents need us.

thomas sabo charms December 20, 2010, 4:44 PM

Interesting point of view. Wondering what you think of it’s implication on society as a whole though? People obviously get frustrated when it begins to affect them locally. I’ll check back to see what you have to say.

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