You’re getting ready to meet your child’s teacher, and you know it’s important to develop a positive relationship with him or her to benefit your child. The following tips from the Parenthood.com newsletter were compiled from the National Parent Teacher Association and the National Education Association:
When you have concerns, call or email your child’s teacher requesting an appointment to discuss what’s on your mind.
To help you organize your thoughts, state to yourself what your reasons are for the meeting.
Find out how much time the teacher is allotting for your meeting. If you think it’s not enough, let him or her know.
Before the meeting takes place, tell your child you will be seeing the teacher. Reassure your child that you are meeting with the teacher in order to help him or her.
Make a list of your questions, and don’t hesitate to ask them.
Try to begin positively. Tell what progress you have noticed in your child, etc. Thank the teacher for meeting with you.
Here are some general questions you might want to ask:
- How much time should my child be spending on homework?
- How much should I be helping my child with homework?
- How will the school measure my child’s progress?
- Is my child participating in class?
- Does my child complete and turn in all of his or her homework?
- How is my child getting along with the other children?
- What kind of classroom rules do you have? How do you enforce them? Is my child following them?