As parents, you have been to a number of PTA meetings. You’ve met different teachers with different strengths and weaknesses. You’ve attended these meetings because you know the importance of collaborating with teachers and school administrators in taking good care of your children. But have you ever wondered what teachers think of parents that they meet in PTA meetings?
Here, we round up 5 types of parents teachers meet in PTA meetings. Check out if you see yourself in one of them!
- The Supportive One
The supportive parent wants only the best for their child and will make sure to do what they can to help their child succeed in school. They are usually up to date with school events and knows who their child’s friends are. According to Mylene, a private school teacher since 2002, “Parents who are supportive […] will be [the teacher’s] partner in the education process. [They] are willing to go the extra mile for their child. These parents will open up their fears, questions, and clarifications in [the teacher’s] class or school activities.”
- The Protective One
Sometimes, parents get too protective of their child. According to Teacher Mylene, “overprotective parents will lay down all of their wants and needs for their child during PTC (Parent Teacher Conference). They usually treat their child like a fragile china. Every little detail needs to be for the comfort and welfare of their child.” If you’re guilty of sometimes being this kind of parent, it’s best to remember that failure and hurdles are part of your child’s life. Remind yourself that these obstacles will help your child grow and become a better person in the long run.
- The Aggressive One
Teacher Mylene shares that aggressive parents “[are] the ones who come to school angry [because of] all the school activities. [They] raise their voice when the teacher lets them know about their child’s class standing. The aggressive parent may sometimes intimidate the teacher in maybe changing the grade of their child. They will also sometimes throw in ‘legal action’ to intimidate the school and the teacher.”
We all want what’s best for our child–good grades and fun school activities. So, it is understandable to feel a bit frustrated if your child does not get the grade you want them to have or does not experience the activity you envision them enjoying. Remember that teachers are humans too. You must respect and listen to them. Teachers are like your child’s second parents. Like you, they only want what’s best for your child. They prepare examinations and activities with your child in mind.
- The Busy One
Unfortunately, not all parents have the time or dedicate their time for PTA meetings. These are “parents who [teachers] cannot get a hold of. They don’t attend PTA meetings, do not respond to text messages, emails, and other forms of communication. They will send somebody else to proxy. Every communication is passed on from a third party.”
As parents deal with the demands of work and home duties, it is understandable to be too busy to attend PTA meetings. But remind yourself that PTA meetings only happen every once in a while, and it’s best to free your day for it. This will ensure that you get first-hand information from your child’s teacher. You can also personally ask the teacher your worries, fears, and issues that they surely will try to find an answer to.
- The One Who is a Teacher
Parents who are also teachers understand how hard teaching is. According to Teacher Mylene, “they would come in, talk to [the teacher] within the time allotted to them and would sincerely thank [the teacher] for [their] effort and hardwork. They know their child well–their strengths and areas for improvement.” Unfortunately, there is another kind of parent teacher. “They will give [the teacher] a hard time because they know the curriculum, they will also ask technical questions, and they will sometimes compete with [the teacher].”
If you’re a parent who happens to be a teacher as well, you probably know how difficult the teaching profession is. So, you know how hard teachers work to give your child the best education there is. Remember to ask questions politely even if you know the curriculum well. Do not pressure the teacher so that they will be able to confidently and accurately answer your questions.
A PTA meeting is important as it is a venue where teachers and parents can talk about how to best deal with each child’s education. Remember that to have a productive and engaging PTA meeting, both parties must show respect to each other and do not demand too much from each other.