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08/09/2017
It is important for all parents and their children's teachers to foster a productive relationship. This article can help you prepare to meet your child's new teachers this coming school year.

With many students already back in the school-day routine and the rest soon to follow, the new school year is underway! For students, this is a time to catch up with school friends or even make new ones as they ready themselves for the year ahead. For a parent, however, now presents the time to meet a new teacher.

Make Your First Parent/Teacher Meeting a Productive One

With extensive experience providing quality one-to-one tutoring in Ocoee FL, The Tutoring Center, Ocoee FL knows just how important it is for a parent and their children’s teacher to have a productive working relationship. Accordingly, below are some tips to share which can help you prepare to meet your child’s new teacher.

Prepare for a Wait

There is no doubt that you want to meet your child’s new teacher or teachers as soon as possible. And believe it or not, they want to meet you just as quickly! The challenge, however, is that they are in the same boat for each student in their class.

With this thought, be mindful if your child’s new teacher isn’t able to meet you as soon as you would like. Rest assured that they will work to meet with you as soon as possible, and the time they offer you is the best they can accommodate.

A List Is the Perfect Use of Your Time!

Of course, why not make use of the time that you have while you wait? Like many things in life, a list is a great way to prepare yourself. After all, the last thing that you want is to leave your meeting and remember a number of discussion items that you forgot to bring up, leaving with you lingering questions and concerns.

Start by taking a seat and giving some thought to all of the learning and social challenges that your child faced during the previous school year, then write them down on your list. Once you have these items, give thought to the areas where your student excelled at and any natural talent they displayed in classes that you would like to be nurtured.

Keep this list with you over the next few days and add to it as you think of new items. For example, if you are in the grocery store attempting to work out the percentage of a sale, you may suddenly remember that percentages were a struggle area last school year and should be added to your list.

A couple of days prior to your meeting, take some time to group and prioritize the items on your list. After all, try as you might, there likely won’t be enough time to cover all of the items on your list, so it is important that you work through the most crucial discussion points first.

Back to school tutoring in Ocoee FL is a great way to prepare your child for the new school year ahead by boosting their confidence and refreshing their knowledge. To learn more about how tutoring in Ocoee FL can benefit your student, speak with The Tutoring Center, Ocoee FL at (407) 614-5980 to book your free initial consultation with a learning professional.

Just Listen

Armed with your list, it can be tempting to charge into your meeting with a full and complete understanding of how your child needs to learn, blurting everything out at the teacher in one long breath. However, this isn't a productive way to start your meeting.

Instead, as you sit down with the teacher, stay quiet and allow them to speak. Let them tell you all about the year ahead, what they have planned, their teaching style, and any challenges they expect to face throughout the year. As they speak, hold on to any questions or concerns that you may have, either making a mental note or even writing them down.

The reason to listen is that teacher is there to provide you with information that gives you a greater understanding of the classroom your child is about to participate in. No parent can have this understanding without first hearing what the teacher has to say.

Once the teacher has finished speaking, then it's time to pull out your questions or even jump straight into your list.

Speaking of Your List – Stick to It!

It is a great sign when you and your child's teacher get along so well that the discussions start to veer into other directions and subjects. This is a great relationship to have. However, as positive as it is, it isn't always productive. With this in mind, stay conscious that you are continuing to make your way through your list.

While you certainly don't want to speak with the teacher like you are a robot in a structured conversation, be sure that a conversation about the number two item on your list doesn't inadvertently turn into a conversation about item number seven, completely bypassing more prioritized discussion topics.

Back to School Tutoring in Ocoee FL Works

Whether your student has already returned to school or they are preparing for the big day, one-to-one tutoring can help make the transition into the new school year a smooth one.

Speak with a learning professional today by calling The Tutoring Center, Ocoee FL at (407) 614-5980. During your first initial consultation, an experienced and qualified tutor can answer any questions you have about the benefits of tutoring in Ocoee FL and how it can help your child reach their learning potential.



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