Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Helicopter Parents in the Classroom

Are you guilty of helicopter parenting in the classroom? 

When you come into teaching one of the things that you are warned about is helicopter parents

A helicopter parent is one who hovers over the classroom and nitpicks at everything the teacher does. It is not constructive criticism. It is the nagging person that makes a teacher feel uncomfortable. 

Effective classroom parents vs. Helicopter parents

Don’t get me wrong! I love classroom parents; specifically the ones who are genuinely interested in making the classroom better as well as improving their child’s educational experience. I will tell you the difference between the two. A helicopter parent makes sure every move you make is reported to administration; good, bad or indifferent. They try and take over the classroom as if it were theirs. They also harp on their child being the best and brightest in the classroom; even when the child does not want it. 

An excellent classroom parent makes sure that all children are doing well. They know that their child is not perfect and will allow the teacher to run the classroom with supportive help from them. This help includes making copies, providing classroom treats, and assisting students in classwork. 

I have had my share of both and I have learned how to handle both. I appreciate all of them because any parental involvement is a plus in all situations. 

Here are some tips on how to be a great asset to any classroom.

1. Ask the teacher what their needs are. This will ensure that boundaries are set
2. Be involved with your child’s education and make sure you keep an open communication regarding grades, activities, and all around needs

3. Team work makes the dream work. Work with the teacher and express your concerns and things that will help. Believe me it will be accepted. Most educators love to grow and make things easier!

With all of these things in place, you and your child’s teacher can build a relationship that lasts beyond the classroom.

Until the Next 


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