Communicate with Your Child’s Teacher in just minutes!
Recently I spoke with a friend who was really struggling with her child’s school. It appeared that they weren’t aware of what was happening with her child and were lacking attention to detail when it came to his hearing loss and special needs. Many times she didn’t know who worked with him or what he worked on.
Although the reality may be that she needs to find a new school, it’s possible that she needs a different system in which to communicate. You are probably well aware of the many demands that go into teaching a special ed classroom. Every child is so unique with different needs as well as abilities… hence the IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) or IEP (Individualized Education Plan). This creates SO MANY dynamics in the class that it makes my head spin. How do these teachers organize it all?! My hat is off to them.
With that said… it can be frustrating to be the recipient of a note that says “He had a great day!” over
What is that all about?! Of course they had a “great day”… If they had a horrible day, we probably would have gotten a call. What are you, as the parent, to do? The teachers can’t change the amount of time they have to document. And even if they could, we would really rather the teachers be helping our students and not doing paperwork all of the time. We can’t be there for every moment of our childs day to supervise and take notes ourselves… (And frankly, Ollie would be a nightmare for the teachers if I were there all the time!)
My friend and I came up with a very easy fix. If you’re finding that the classroom is appropriate for your child but the communication is lacking, I’ve made something for you. It’s a checklist with easy fill-in-the-blanks. I created it for children that are Deaf Plus. The teachers can simply circle answers and fill in a few notes. It will help you know who your child saw, who worked with them, if they kept their hearing aids or cochlear implants on, language development, as well as food and bowel movements.
I recommend printing 60 blank pages and putting them all in a binder. Ask your childs teacher or aide to fill it out daily. They may roll their eyes for a moment, but this is supposed to be quick, easy, and efficient. And this is your child we’re talking about here! You need to know how well they ate, when there last bowel movement was, how their demeanor was at school, and if anything eventful happened!
Many programs have fantastic ways of communicating with parents. But if you’re finding yourself needing more information, click on my free printable to have the file downloaded and sent to you!
No more wondering folks! We need to know 🙂
Please remember to be kind and understanding when introducing this idea to your childs teacher 🙂