when talking to teachers: 5 tips for parents

when talking to teachers 5 tips for parents

As a writer for Scholastic Parents’ Raise a Reader blog, I’m always surprised at what sparks the most conversation among readers.

I recently wrote Talking to Teachers: What Every Parent Needs to Know, and it raised a boatload of emotion over on the Scholastic Parents’ Facebook page.

Really. I was quite surprised.

Check it out.  And tell me. . .

What do you think?

Am I missing the mark?

Do you agree or disagree?

Did any of the comments strike a nerve with you, as a parent or teacher?

Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find me on twitter, @teachmama, and let’s continue the conversation!







  1. Julie says

    Yikes, Amy! Wouldn’t want to conference with the parents who commented on your scholastic talking to teachers piece! Overall sounds like there is some real concern about how special education is handled. Reading your piece, I would never guess people would like that. Interesting!

  2. Cathy Zavala says

    I left a comment on Facebook. The remarks were posted from a very personal place. It was not even considered what your purpose was – to educate someone who may not know. Well, they at least gave you lots of ideas for future articles! I was not impressed by Scholatic’s response at all. Best of luck to you.

  3. says

    I couldn’t find the comments, even though I’m going to go back and look again, but as a teacher I think your post hit the nail on the head. I agree with all of your tips and am thankful to parents who do realize those things about me as a teacher. That I do care about their child, even if I am having to meet over a concern I’m having in either their behavior or academics. I wouldn’t be requesting a meeting if I didn’t care. I also am grateful to parents who realize I am busy and that scheduling and being punctual is so important! I think your post was great!

    • says

      Heather! THANK you thank you thank you for taking the time to read the post and share your insight. The comments are on the facebook page–the blog doesn’t have comment options at this point, but it will very shortly.

      I can’t thank you enough for your feedback as a professional and friend!

  4. says

    Yikes ! Those were some upset parents on that FB page – makes me wonder what their backstory is that makes them feel that way. My backstory is that my sister is an amazing early childhood educator who is now a SPED director for a charter school system. Even with all her administrative duties, she makes time to go to a classroom every day, especially to shadow or role model for teachers. I like to say that, even though she’s my little sister, she “raised me right” to be the parent of a student !!!

    • says

      OH Ellen! You are so correct. I wonder what the backstory is. . . but I love YOUR story about your sister. Thank you for sharing, my friend. I hope you are well and think of you often!!

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