Teachers and coaches both have a thankless job at times, and find themselves unable to please every parent. As a parent, it is your duty to look after your child’s welfare, but watch how you go about it, or your child may be the one who suffers from your lack of wisdom. Make sure that you remember that a teacher cannot please everyone, and that they are under-staffed and challenged by budget cuts and testing requirements.
Three things that you can do to help:
1. Don’t jump to conclusions and go off in an email or letter addressed to the teacher or principal. Give it a day or two, and think about it calmly, then send a polite email or note that praises the good things that the teacher is doing first, before you get to your concern. And keep it brief!
2. Be supportive. Don’t talk poorly about the teacher in front of your child! Send in supplies on time, and back up the teacher with quick follow-through of any requests that they have made. Be on time for conferences, and smile when you enter the room.
3. Vote for your school levies, and volunteer at the school if you can.