- Relax! - To become a teacher, you have to pass four years of college and a battery of tests (at least in my state). Generally, we know what we are doing and we want to do the best for your children. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be. (Especially in the lower grades.) And that will help everyone in the long run.
- The easiest thing we do all day is teach. -- We are nurses, custodians, computer techs, secretaries, librarians, and a million other things during the day. (Personally, I teach in a middle school setting which means that I don't have one classroom of kids, I have seven. Sometimes I forget what I'm doing on the trip from my desk to the board.) Sometimes the nicest thing you can do for a teacher is just a simple word of thanks. We don't get to hear it nearly enough.
- Remember that teachers are human, too. -- We make mistakes. When this happens, it helps if we can all discuss it calmly. Chances are, we will be apologetic and do our best to make it right. In my almost ten years of teaching, I've never been upset by someone correcting an error when it was addressed with an understanding that I am never out to hurt or upset a child.
- There are two sides to every story. -- Teachers know that you are the advocate for your children. We wish more parents wanted to be involved. But, please remember that your sweetheart could only be sharing a glimpse of the whole story. Stand up for your child, but at least be open to what everyone has to say.
- Know that most teachers love what they do. -- Our profession gets a bad reputation because of those who teach for June, July, and August. But please know that most of us are there because we love it. And because we love your children. If you have a question, ask. If you have a concern, tell us. I would always rather a parent ask me than wonder.
(And probably even if I did win. We could totally have class on the beach, right?)