Tips to Help Your Kids with Their Teachers Continued…
Do be fair.
If your child has some challenging behaviors, it’s important to be honest about them and to work on them at home. Ask your child to think about what he does that gets the teacher upset and what he can do instead.
If things still don’t seem to be getting better after a week or two, it’s time to meet with the teacher. Don’t involve administration without giving a more low-key and personal one-on-one discussion with the teacher a chance. Nancy and I have both found that keeping the problem at the level of parent and teacher is much more likely to foster a give-and-take relationship that lasts the whole year.
Do remember that most teachers really do want to be at their professional best.
The vast majority are committed to their jobs and really care about children. When their commitment is acknowledged and they feel respected by a parent, most will go to great lengths to work with you.
Do meet with the teacher with an open mind and heart.
The relationship with the child is a problem to be solved, not a fight to be won or lost. Express your concern and ask for the teacher’s point of view. You may learn a great deal about your child.
Don’t withhold any information that will help the teacher understand your child and be more effective with her.