Working Together with Your Child's Teacher

Prepare for Conferences

At the first parent-teacher conference, you'll get more specific details about how your child is doing. It's also a good time to establish a friendly relationship with the teacher. "You should plan for the conference before you get there," Dr. Brooks suggests. Think about positive things to tell the teacher -- as well as any concerns you might have -- and bring a list with you to make sure you cover everything. Even if you're unhappy about how the school year is going, avoid criticizing the teacher. "Remember that you're on the same side," Dr. Brooks says. "You both want to do what's best for your child."

If the teacher offers negative feedback, try to get him to be as specific as possible so you can figure out a solution together. For instance, if he says your child is stubborn, ask him what he means. It might mean that she's getting into confrontations with the teacher, or it might simply mean that she sometimes has to be asked two or three times to stop drawing and join the group for circle time.

After the conference, it's important to follow up on any issues that you or the teacher have brought up. If he agrees to monitor your child's reading progress more closely, for example, schedule another conference a month later to discuss how she's doing.

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