20 “Conferences are very important. When teachers and parents work together as a team, great things can happen.” Ms. Jones, principal Help your child resolve problems If your child complains about a class or teacher, ask your child to be specific about what the problem is. Listen closely, and try to objectively determine what’s going on. While doing so, remember that part of your child’s education is to learn how to succeed in subjects that he/she may not particularly enjoy. Also remember that it’s important for high school students to learn how to adapt to different teachers and teaching styles. If there’s a problem with a specific class or teacher, first try to help your child figure out how to deal with the situation on his/her own. If you feel that you need to intervene, contact the teacher and discuss your concerns with that teacher. If your child is having problems with several classes or if there is another problem, talk to your child’s counselor. Make the most of parent-teacher conferences Parent-teacher conferences provide an excellent opportunity for parents to both give and receive information. Teachers are able to provide informa- tion on how a student is performing in a specific class, and parents can share information that will help teachers better understand their child. Before you go to a parent-teacher conference, make a list of the information you want to share, along with any questions or concerns you may have. Also, ask your child if there’s anything you should talk to the teacher about. Sometimes it’s helpful for students to also attend parent-teacher confer- ences. This gives students an opportunity to be a part of the discussion. On the following page are ten parent-teacher discussion topics, along with specific questions to ask. Focusing on these discussion topics and ques- tions will help ensure that your parent-teacher conferences are meaningful and productive.