8 Work with your school to resolve conflicts If you ever disagree with a teacher or administrator, try to resolve your disagreement calmly. Also, watch what you say in front of your child. Children sometimes act like they don’t hear or aren’t listening, but they do and they are. If your child complains about a subject or teacher, listen closely and try to determine what’s going on. Remember that part of your child’s education is learning to adapt to different teachers, expectations, and situations. For minor issues, try to help your child figure out how to deal with the situation independently. If you think that a situation requires your involvement, contact the teacher, school counselor, or principal and share your concerns. Know your school’s support personnel Many elementary schools have some or all of the following support professionals. u Counselor – Counselors make classroom presentations, provide academic assess- ment and support, and assist students who are having problems. Counselors are also available to answer questions, listen, and help students deal with difficult situ- ations. Counselors are not only excellent resources for students, they are also a great resource for parents. u Social Worker – School social workers help students and families deal with influences and issues that affect a child’s school perfor- mance, attendance, and well-being. u School Psychologist – School psychologists are available to help with academic, behavioral, and emotional issues and problems. They work with children individually and in groups. u Tutor – Tutors and aides are often available to work with students who need extra help.