Listen as well as talk.
- Prepare for the meeting by writing down questions and comments you want to be sure to make during the meeting
- During the meeting, listen to the teacher and take notes. If you don't understand something the teacher says, be sure to ask clarifying questions!
- Ask the teacher for things that could be improved and suggestions for ways you can help at home
- Denying a problem is not in the best interest of your child
Let's talk specifics
- Be sure to get specific details regarding ways your child is tested and graded.
- Discuss ways your chiild can improve grades
- Include information about your child's private life. Many things like illness, deaths, moves and family changes can impact a student's performance
- Set realistic goals and discuss what the teacher will do in the classroom and what you will do at home to help your student reach their new goals
- Keep an open mind
- Check in often with the teacher to ensure that your student is on track and to discuss any new difficulties or issues that have arisen
If you and the teacher undermine each other's authority or ideas, your student will not be getting the support they need. Of course there are going to be differences of opinion, but handle these professionally for best results.