I did a guest post for School Family Blog and wanted to post part of it here for my readers to check out!
I was not typically a teacher’s pet…although I will not deny that I always wanted to be. I talk a lot to teens and middle school and elementary school kids about how to put your best foot forward with teachers—they actually love getting these tips. I think that parents should actually talk more about this with their kids. Just as much as parents want their kids to be liked in the classroom, kids also want to be praised and have a strong relationship with their teachers.
1) Get One on One Time Just Because I think it is really important for kids to always take one on one time with teachers if they are struggling or having a problem with the material. But, I actually make every single one of my clients schedule meetings with all of their teachers at the beginning of the year to introduce themselves and get to know the teacher a little bit. Teachers are so crucial in our kid’s lives and I think it is good for kids to take note of this by scheduling a 5-minute meeting.
2) Respect Them When They Are Not Looking I was going to have one of these tips be to respect them in general, but I think that one is obvious…and applies to all human beings not just teachers! I love to point out to students that you never know when a teacher is listening. And respecting them ‘behind their back’ is just as important as respecting them to their face. If friends are complaining or you get a bad grade you do not like, calling them a name is never appropriate and teachers can pick up on the hostility.