But like any relationship, the student-teacher relationship is a two-way street. Not only does the teacher need special qualities. The student does too.
To help children get along with their teachers, parents can:
Reward children’s efforts, not just the results. Children who are praised only for their successes can become afraid to try new tasks. Or they might try only once and give up—which is very discouraging to teachers.
Show their child lots of love and respect. Children will be more receptive to a teacher’s instruction if they understand that adults, including their teacher, care for them and want to help them.
Encourage open communication. Children who have learned to express themselves at home with parents and siblings will have an easier time talking with their teacher.
Practice listening skills around the dinner table and other times during the day. Children must not only learn to listen in class, but also to follow directions, work in a group and be patient when the teacher can’t give them immediate attention.
Talk positively about teachers in front of kids. If you have a negative attitude towards teachers, your child will too. If you have a problem with a teacher, talk directly with that teacher.
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