by Annette Clarahan, Family Educator Partnership
Teachers/Parents are working harder than ever right now to make sure all kids are getting what they need. Add to that, the pressure of not knowing from day to day how they will be teaching/learning (online, hybrid, face to face) tomorrow. This adds stress for both, teachers and parents.
What Parents Want What Teachers Want
|Schools to be open – pre Covid era||Schools to be open – pre Covid era|
|To be a parent not a teacher||To be a teacher (most are parents too)|
|To be able to help their child w/school work||Parent to be able to help their child w/school work as needed|
|Schools patience and understanding||Parents patience and understanding|
|Access to teachers||Access to parents|
|Appreciation for what they are doing||Appreciation for what they are doing|
|Positive feedback from teachers||Positive feedback from parents|
|Sympathetic to parents understanding of technology||Sympathetic to teachers understanding of technology|
|Child to have access to technology||Student to have access to technology|
|Want what’s best for their child||Want what’s best for their student|
|Parent feeling Supported||Teacher feeling Supported|
|I want to be a parent, not a healthcare worker||I want to be a teacher, not a healthcare worker|
|Please be kind||Please be kind|
Remember a parent/educator feeling “overwhelmed” can look like he/she is “disinterested” and/or “doesn’t care.” Be careful not to label too quickly.RESPECT Training
Remember, when a parent doesn’t respond right away they may be working the night shift, trying to help and coordinate with more than one child’s teacher. When a teacher doesn’t respond right away, remember she/he is responsible for many children and may need time to get back to the parent.
At the end of the day, what we all really want is to be able to have kids do group work, eat lunch like we used to, laugh in the hallways, have incentive parties and everything that we once had in our schools. But, we also want students and teachers to be safe, happy, healthy and learning.
We are all in this together now and in the future.