We’ve all seen the news that teachers are feeling more overwhelmed than ever. Chances are that your child’s teacher is feeling the same stress and exhaustion, regardless of how motivated they are. Here are five ways you can help your child’s teacher and lighten some of their burdens during the school year.
Work on Concentration Skills
One of the hardest things about teaching is keeping everyone on task. Especially with young children, one rambunctious kiddo can throw off the delicate balance your child’s teacher has worked to achieve. You can help alleviate this problem by working with your child on their concentration skills since this will make it harder for your child to become distracted.
Keep Them Stocked With School Supplies
School supplies are more expensive than ever, and teachers simply can’t afford to buy all the things they need to make a classroom run smoothly. You can help by providing school supply kits for your child’s classroom with essential tools for learning.
Provide Care Packages
It’s always nice when parents remember that teachers need love and support as people, not just as educators. Little gifts of chocolate, gourmet coffee beans, bath bombs, and gift certificates are much-appreciated tokens of support, even if they don’t contribute directly to the classroom.
Volunteer Your Time
Many classrooms rely on parent volunteers for things like parties, book clubs, and field trips. Not having enough volunteers can mean that the students have a less-than-amazing time or that the event doesn’t happen at all. Volunteering to help in the classroom helps foster community and provides vital support for your child’s teacher.
Nobody does their best work when they’re tired and feeling undervalued in society. One of the most important ways you can support your child’s teacher is by being kind in your interactions, no matter how they behave toward you. You may not receive lavish praise for always taking the high road, but your refusal to take exhaustion-driven interactions personally can mean more than words can express.
In these chaotic times, it’s more important than ever that parents and teachers team up to give kids the best educational experience possible.