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I Want Parents to Know This…

I have read several articles about “what teachers wish parents knew” and they all seemed to have a tone I did not appreciate. So here what I want all the parents in my class to know…

– I am as nervous or maybe even more nervous than you (and your child) on the first day of school. I want everything to go perfectly and will do my best to make that happen.

– I don’t take your trust for granted. I understand that each student is someone’s baby.

– Relationships are key. I will work hard to build our relationship.

– Communication is crucial for us to be able to build relationships. I will do everything I can to keep you informed in what is happening at school. You will have my email and cell number and I want you contact me when you have questions or concerns.

– I appreciate parents that advocate for their child. As long as we both listen to each other I know we can work to overcome any situation or issue.

– I want your child to succeed.

– We will have fun

– It may take me a few weeks to get to know each child socially, emotionally and academically. Please be patient with me. I will focus on getting to know your child’s social and emotional needs before worrying about academics. The learning will happen but not before the relationships are built.

– I don’t believe in traditional homework. Most days I suggest playing outside as homework because play is a child’s work. Read to (or with) your child every day. That is the only academics I suggest on a daily basis.

– I love my job.

– My philosophy : Kindergarten is a social year that should be full of play that promotes learning.

I know there is more but these are the most important to me. Can’t wait to start the year!

 

 

21 Responses to I Want Parents to Know This…

  1. Sue Holt says:

    Awesome Matt! The snarky letters to parents are not a credit to our profession. I’d like to move to Texas and send my daughter to your class next year!

  2. Really? These are the exact things I expect from a Kindergarten teacher! Thanks for sharing.

    Education reformers don’t value relationships, trust and fun.

    So, instead, my children only have 20 minutes for recess in Kindergarten, one period/ week of art, music and gym. Most of the day (9-3) is spent on academics (and assessments) and little or no time is spent on social and emotional learning.

    Then, of course, the kids that are not ready to learn, the “bad kids”, are identified and pushed out.

  3. Tasha Cowdy says:

    Great post! I have also read a few articles that had negative tones that did not reflect my feelings or experiences. Your post is one I would like to share with my parents. Thanks : )

  4. ryflinn says:

    Great post Matt! My feelings are very similar. We are both believers in the importance of building relationships. I want parents to know when a child is not succeeding then I am not succeeding.

  5. Becky says:

    This was a wonderful post to read the night before my little guy starts his first day of kindergarten. I’m also a teacher, but this is MY little guy and I have a mountain of worries. I think he’ll be ok and he seems to have a great teacher, but time will tell.
    I wish kindergarten was still a social year, but it has changed in Tennessee. What I taught years ago in first grade is now taught in kindergarten. They have spelling tests each week – in kindergarten! What drives me crazy is they are expected to write sentences with nouns and verbs by October, but don’t teach them the correct way to form letters until the first grade. I can’t figure that one out.
    I was glad to see that you admit how nervous you are at the first of the year. I’ve been a teacher for many years and I’m still nervous. I can’t sleep the night before school starts. But I love my students and I do everything in my power to make sure they are successful.
    This job is harder than it looks isn’t it?

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Thank you for the great comments Becky! It is a hard job because of how much we care and the importance of the task. I hope your little one has a great year. Sounds like they are academic heavy but as long as he enjoys school he will be fine.

  6. Simons Says says:

    Sharing this link on my teacher Facebook page… thanks for speaking my mind for me! :)

  7. Danielle says:

    Loved this, thank you. Hope it’s okay if I use this for parents on the first day as well.

  8. carole says:

    The more I read the more I learn from and about you…glad I get the chance to work with you! Your philosophy of education and how children learn is inspiring!

  9. Lyn says:

    Perfect!

  10. A'Lana Bates says:

    I wrote a list of promises from me to my 8th graders, so I love this!

  11. Ezana Negash says:

    The parent bashing is a misdirected response to a political climate that’s hostile to teachers and public institutions (teachers biting back), but not the most constructive. When parents are surveyed they, for the most part, show appreciation for their local school and teachers. Lashing out at them isn’t going to change the dynamic.

  12. Mollie Sam says:

    Matt, you are fabulous! I’ll begin my last year of teaching this fall, and plan to use your letter as a template for my own parent letter. I wish we worked together! One teeny thing – you should say that you want everything to go “perfectly”, not “perfect”. And yes, my friends DO call me The Grammar Nazi. Have a wonderful year!

  13. Camille says:

    Matt, Years ago someone told me to always remember that each parent is sending you the very best children they have. Remembering this helps me regard each child as their parent’s greatest treasure. Love your post! Camille

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