As the school year begins, it is important to observe your child’s feelings about his or her teacher. The relationship that is forged this first month can be crucial to the rest of the school year, and, of course, the relationships students have with teachers make a major impact on self-perception, self-esteem, and confidence. ADHD children have a much higher likelihood of falling into the trap of thinking, “The teacher doesn’t like me.” As a parent, you must watch out for this potential pitfall, and intervene as quickly as possible. Once a teacher-student relationship runs amok, the damage is often irreversible.
In the eHow videos below, I give you some important steps to follow both in starting things off on the right foot, and in repairing the interpersonal dynamic. As in all relationships, it does take two to Tango, so you have to approach the problem from the teacher’s perspective as well as that of the student. This eHow video gives you tips on how to start off the school year right.
Children, however, are not always forthcoming about how things are going in school, and with 30-40 students in some classroom, teachers often wait until conferences before communicating. You have to be prepared, therefore, for the worst. This next eHow video gives you some tips on how to cultivate a productive mindset that takes both sides of the problem into account.
These two videos represent merely a start. What I’d like you to take away from this article, and these videos, is the importance of fostering a positive connection with your child’s teacher. It can pay huge dividends down the road.