15 Work with your school to resolve problems If your child complains about a class or teacher, listen 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 conferences. 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 informa- tion 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 next page, you’ll find ten parent-teacher conference discussion topics, along with questions to ask. Focusing on these topics and questions will help ensure that your conferences are meaningful and productive.