Do your children know how to get the help they need from their teachers or are you their main source of answers to school related questions? How often have your children said “I’ll ask my teacher about it tomorrow” and you later find out the teacher was not available for help?
Your next action may be to contact the teacher to see how you or the instructor can help your child. This is a mistake! It is each child’s job to get help from the teacher. These interactions can be exhausting and frustrating for a parent.
The first place to start is to make sure that your children know when they can get help from each of their teachers. Most teachers are required to be available before or after school to help students with questions. Teachers usually set their own “office hours”. This concept of knowing when help is available does not end in the traditional classroom, but will be routine in post secondary education, the workplace, and in life. It is important for your children to learn the skill of knowing when help is available and adjusting to other’s schedules instead of assuming people will always adjust to their needs. Equally important is for your children to realize they are each accountable for their own schoolwork and they will need to be responsible to get assistance when necessary.
Next, children should document the “office hours” for each teacher in the school planner. By documenting this information, your children can reference the hours at a later time. For example, if your child is struggling with a math assignment and needs help he can check the times the teacher is available and determine when he can get help – possibly even the next morning.
You will find the sooner the help, the sooner the solution, and the sooner peace will fill your home.
By Megan Stone
Wife to Rick, Mom of 2
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member, Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.