Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3415 Work with your school to resolve problems If your child complains about a class or teacher, lis- ten closely and try to 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 students to learn how to adapt to different teachers and teaching styles. If there’s a minor problem with a class, teacher, or student, try to help your child figure out how to deal with the situation on his/her own. If you think the problem is serious, or that you need to intervene, contact your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal and share your concerns. Make the most of parent-teacher conferences Parent-teacher conferences offer parents an excellent opportunity to both give and receive information. Teachers can provide information on how a student is performing, and parents can share information that will help teachers better understand their child. Parents usually meet with one teacher during parent-teacher con- ferences. In some cases, this teacher may represent the team or group of teachers who work with that child. If your child is receiving special services or is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), your parent- teacher conference may involve a number of educators. Before you go to a parent-teacher conference, make a list of the in- formation you want to share, along with your questions and concerns. Also, ask your child if there’s anything that you should discuss with the teacher. In some cases, it may be helpful to take your child with you to the conference so that you can meet with the teacher together. This gives your child an opportunity to be a part of the discussion. On the following page, you’ll find ten parent-teacher conference discussion topics, along with questions to ask. Focusing on these top- ics and questions will help ensure that your conferences are meaningful and productive. “Conferences are very important. When teachers and parents work together as a team, great things can happen.” Mr. Browning, principal