Whenever parents have a problem with a teacher, they are concerned about solving it without offending him/her.
However, without input from you, the teacher cannot help in resolving problems or concerns.
The following recommendations are to help you communicate with the teacher:
Again, remember communication is as important to the teacher as it is to you.
- Call the teacher and set up a conference.
- Have your questions ready, and if possible bring your child with you.
Any misunderstandings - whether it's the child's, parent's or teacher's - can then be cleared up more easily.
Hearing the teacher's reasons for a decision often helps.
- If you have a grading concern, bring the papers in question.
- If it's a discipline issue, have your child be specific in giving you all the details prior to the conference.
- If you are still concerned you may want to talk to the principal. The principal can then set up a follow-up conference.
A plan to solve the problem will most likely emerge from teamwork and staying focused on what's best for your child's education.