So, as you start to think of which teacher you would like for your child next year, please keep some basic tips in mind:
|“Happy teachers make happy kids”|
- Happy teachers (i.e. those who enjoy their jobs) instinctively know how to make kids feel happy.
- If your child lacks in the ability to connect, then what he/she most needs is a teacher who is skilled at connecting with children.
Here are some examples:
Telling a child a secret as he is getting ready to go home on the 1st day of school
Giving regular compliments and recognition for accomplishments (e.g. writing award)
Incorporating your child’s favorite hobby into the classroom discussion or activity
- Their energy level- calm, bubbly, loud, quiet, serious, or smiley
Flexibility of personality- Rigid authority figures usually clash with rigid studentsThis is very different from being a firm and consistent teacher which is important.
Responsiveness to parents- It’s a long year when you have a teacher who doesn’t return phone calls!
Extent of involving parents in the classroom (for early grades)
Remember these suggestions are for children with social-emotional issues, and prioritize boosting a child’s self esteem and confidence. If your priorities are academic in nature, then although the above are always beneficial, they may not be all that you need to focus on.