It’s important for the you to have the effective communication with school and school staff, which will help you in monitoring your child’s growth as well as it’ll provide you the opportunity to understand the effectiveness of the school in your child’s success and sometimes may help you to take some important decisions.
The good schools have a dedicated parent interaction cell, which keeps you posted on the important information, as what is going on in the school and on your child’s learning curve. Also as technology is touching the new heights everyday, schools are adapting the wide variety of methods to keep parents in touch with school activities. In the traditional methods, teachers provide a diary to every child which contains all the important information regarding assignments, homework, important notices, informing parents on the child’s progress, appreciations etc, which is a key thing and you should always be on the top of it by visiting the diary daily. Also please get in touch with the related teachers/staff, if no information or update is being provided.
Nowadays, there are a number of schools who have their website regularly updated and are using emails. There are school online forums to have the parents involved and to keep them updated on school events, updates, exams/test information, child’s progress report, policies, co-curricular activities etc. Also there is an upward trend, where schools have the dedicated parent interaction portals, on which there’s a continuous interaction between parents and teachers. At the time of admission, you should seek, as what information in what form you will be getting and at what interval. Some schools even provide, the weekly, fort-nightly or monthly digest having the complete updates in that period.
Have the key contact information handy with you, so that you can straightway contact the right person at the right time else you’ll go finding and searching the information. Ask for the following information at the start of the session…
Sometimes, you may have a concern with your child’s progress, so don’t delay the matter and try to communicate with the person, who is closest and can resolve your concern, for that you need to have related contacts. e.g. if you feel, that you’re not the getting the updates on the daily tasks given to your child, or your child doesn’t have the homework, in that case talk directly to the subject teacher. If the matter is is not resolved and you are not satisfied, take the matter with the class teacher, then the principal. Sometimes, the opinions may differ, so you should avoid showing anger to school staff, if not absolutely necessary. Taking the right thing with the right person is absolutely important. If your child is having some issues with a particular teacher or another child, it may not help to complain to the principal. Avoid talking when angry, after being cooled-off, please talk to the related teacher to resolve the issue.