Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Call the teacher

Radio Commentary

If you suspect that your child is having a problem in school, in any area, how do you know when you should call your child’s teacher?
It might be useful to know that most teachers say they want to know what’s going on in their students’ lives. 
Chances are that if you’ve noticed a problem, your child’s teacher has noticed something is wrong, too.
By working together, you and the teacher may be able to come up with a good solution for your child
When should a parent call a teacher?  
Call if you see a dramatic change in your child’s behavior — if a happy child becomes withdrawn, or a friendly child wants to be alone.
Call if your child’s grades drop suddenly, for no apparent reason
You should also call if there’s been a change in your family. A new marriage, a divorce, or a new baby all can affect schoolwork and can indicate that other problems may follow if not addressed.
Good communication between teacher and parent can make a world of difference, and can provide the opportunity for a solution that is supported by all involved. 
In the long run, your child gains the most from this type of collaboration.
If in doubt, make the call.