WORKING OUT PROBLEMS WITH THE TEACHER

Sooner or later, you may have some sort of problem with a teacher. Here are some suggestions for how to proceed: Collect the facts. Your first assumptions may be incorrect. Keep open – minded. The problem may lie with the teacher or school. But it could also be the fault of your child. It may even be something you do, or it wasn’t. Talk carefully with your child. Look at her behavior. Look closely at her work. You might want to have a class. Talk to other parents to see whether their children have similar problems. Contact the teacher. Minor glitches can often be fixed by calling or noting. You may have to plan a face – to – face meeting with the teacher in other cases. Let her know in advance what you want to talk about so she’s ready. As a professional and an ally, approach the teacher. Avoid an attitude of confrontation – a cooperative spirit will take you further. Until she gives you reason to do otherwise, treat every educator as a well-trained professional who wants the best for your child. If possible, avoid personal criticism. Instead, focus on curriculum, classroom materials, school policy, the needs...

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