Talking to the Teacher:
Parent tools for more effective communication
with your child’s school……..
You’ve just gotten a message from the teacher:
Are you dreading the conversation you know you need to have?
Do you know how to get the most out of a parent/teacher conference?
Do you know how to respond to a teacher complaint about your child?
Do you get angry, unable to problem-solve, when discussing your child?
Does your child get angry or embarrassed when you visit the school?
School connections don’t have to be this difficult! I would like to help you:
Figure out how things go so wrong.
Develop strategies for a better relationship with your child’s school.
Identify solutions to school challenges.
Feel more confident starting school conversations.
Tips for a more successful conference with your child’s teacher:
- Ask questions, get information – before making your comments.
- Try to identify areas of agreement – and mention them.
- Calmly restate the concerns and ask if you’ve got it right.
- Let the teacher know you understand the concerns – even if you disagree.
- Tell the teacher you’d like to work together as a team for your child.
- Explain calmly any disagreements with what you’ve heard.
- Work out a plan for problem-solving and your follow-up.
- And – take a look at this article for more information.
Telephone or in-person consultation is also available to help school personnel or family members develop strategies that can enhance the effectiveness of home-school communication. If you’d like more information about my services, please give me a call at 310 475-1759 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.