Solid parent-teacher relationships have always been an important part of K-12 education. During this interminable pandemic, parent-teacher relationships have become even more important. That's because most of us parents and teachers are not quite sure what's coming next. Will local infections have risen to the point that the local and state authorities have ordered a lockdown? Has the coronavirus infected a member or members of our school's community? The number of variables we face daily can be confusing and discouraging for us parents. But, know what? It's even worse for our children. You and I have experience on our side. We've been through tough times. We've had our comfortable routines thrown into disarray by changes in employment and relationships. Realistically, however, our children have not experienced any of those issues. So, when suddenly they are forced to stay at home and take classes online, it's unfamiliar, uncharted territory for them, as it is for their parents. As a result, a strong parent-teacher relationship is an essential element in your child's intellectual and mental well-being during the pandemic.
The acronym TRUE will help you and me understand what's involved in creating the environment for a strong, supportive parent-teacher relationship.
T - Transition from in-person to digital learning
R - Relate to your teacher's situation
U - Understand your child's point of view
E - Expect a good result
In this video, Megan Olivia Hall, 2013 Minnesota teacher of the year, explains how a parent-teacher relationship works.