Teacher Helping Students Working At Computers In ClassroomAs your child gets farther into their academic studies, you’ll come to realize (as you already might have), the immense influence of their teachers. Teachers play a big role, not just in teaching your child skills; they also in act as a mentor and offer  guidance to your middle or high school student as they continue through their series of courses on the way toward their IT career.

In appreciating the high importance they play your child’s academic life, there are certain things a savvy parent should look for in their child’s teacher. This article in the Atlantic discusses, in depth, the ways in which exceptional teachers differ from their peers.  From the Atlantic:

 

Superstar teachers had four other tendencies in common: they avidly recruited students and their families into the process; they maintained focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning; they planned exhaustively and purposefully—for the next day or the year ahead—by working backward from the desired outcome; and they worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls.

You should ensure that your child’s teacher…

  • Constantly Re-evaluates their Methods:  A good teacher won’t assume they know everything, or that their methods are infallible. They teach, observe how kids react, and then adjust accordingly.
  •  Gets Students and their Families Involved in the Learning Process: It’s a good sign if your child’s teacher reaches out to you and encourages communication. It means that your child’s teacher is truly invested in getting results for their students.
  •  Focuses on attaining results: The most outstanding teachers possess a dogged dedication to big, long-term goals and worked backward from there to attain them. Ask your teacher what their goals are for their class. They should be able to clearly articulate what these goals are and how they plan to achieve them.
  • Is a keen observer of student needs:  Great teachers don’t just listen to students’ concerns and help them when they need it. They keep their eyes open for signs of struggle. Because children and young adults aren’t always the best judges of their own learning, your child’s teacher should check in with your child on a regular basis.

How Can I Maximize my Child’s Classroom Experience?

If appears things may not be working out for your child in any one of their classes, talk to their teacher about your concerns. Let them know what you’ve observed, what you think the problem is, and what their suggestions for improvement might be. If, after doing this, you still think that your voice isn’t being heard, you should consider going to the principle or another member of the administration.  Be sure you share that next step with the teacher as it’s in everyone’s best interests to be transparent about process.