Why regular communication and a cooperative relationship between tutors and teachers are important.
A cooperative relationship with a child's teacher can rein in your stress and improve a child's chances of academic success.
Strategies for Working with the Child's Teacher
Before you plan your course of action, make an effort to reach out to the teacher.
- Depending on your schedule with the child, establish weekly, monthly, or quarterly meetings with his teacher to ensure lesson plans are aligned.
- Discuss both of your teaching styles and, when appropriate, try to incorporate the teacher's techniques to maintain consistency.
- Determine the teacher's long-term goals.
- Use the same materials, books, and other resources whenever possible.
- While most of the conversations can happen over the phone, you should meet in person whenever possible to build your relationship.
- E-mail is a great way to stay in touch, share lesson plans, communicate ideas, and coordinate your schedules.
The most successful tutors work with a student's teachers and parents to create a unified front and a consistent teaching method.
Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite.