Thank you for choosing this life path. This career is underappreciated in many ways. Please know that I appreciate, respect and admire your dedication to the future of our world. I hope to say at the end of this year that we were so lucky to have you as a teacher. As you work and nurture my child this year, I hope that you are not stressed by the standards that are expected of you. I hope that you do not stress over the day to day workings of your classroom. I hope that you are supported by your principal and other teachers so that you are comfortable and confident while standing at the front of the class.
That being said I would like to ask you a few favors:
Please get to know my child. He/She is with you longer on a daily basis than with my husband and I. It would break my heart to think that either of my children are just a number, a desk, or a test score. Take the time to talk to my kids (and each of your students) one on one in order to find out what motivates them. Positive motivation is worth every cent that I may spend on tuition.
Please TEACH my child (and every other child in your classroom.) You might be thinking, “That’s my job. Of course I will teach your child.” I ask you to back off of the assignments every so often and just observe to see what my child really NEEDS. I know my daughter needs to learn confidence with academics. I know my son needs to learn to attend to task. Another child might need to learn to control emotions. Another one might need to learn social skills. The three R’s are important and should be the focus, but it’s not the only thing that can be learned in the classroom. Once you KNOW your children you can really TEACH them.
Lastly, I am a working mom. I can’t be at the school every week to volunteer for computer or art, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t help in other ways if needed. It makes me sad when I have to tell my daughter that I can’t come to her computer class, but I can show her that I care in so many other ways. If there is ever anything you need completed on a weekend or at night, please let me know I am willing to help in any way that I can. I am proud to show my kids the importance of having a career. I also work so that they can receive a wonderful education, both academically and morally.
Thanks again for everything you do. I look forward to this year of learning and growing.
-Your student’s mom
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