How do I know my kids teacher is doing what they are supposed to be doing?

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What are teachers supposed to do? What really is their job? What do you want to know? What do you mean by “working hard”? What do you want to know about her day? What kind of questions are you asking her? What are the teachers supposed to “tell you”?

Sara, I taught for 14 years. I taught anywhere from 30 to 150 students every semester / year depending on the grade. My job was simple, deliver the curriculum to the best of my ability to the best learning of all involved. I empowered my students to do their best, but it was not my “job” to make it happen. Nor was it my “job” to tell the parents everything that I did. It is up to the parent and what they teach their children about the value of education, sharing, and communicating. Yes, I could influence it but the parent is the primary teacher. I was a facilitator of learning, the parent is the real teacher.

Connect with the teacher. Ask questions of what she wants of you to help facilitate your daughters learning, ask her how you can best help your daughter at home. Ask her how to help inspire your daughter, but ultimately it is up to you and your parenting that will determine how you daughter is in school. Every year her classroom teacher will change, but you will always be her primary teacher…always. Even when she is out of school and having a family of her own. Look at your role, what can you do to improve it?

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