Write down all of the things that you have a concern with.
Prioritise the list.
Take the items from the list and make a statement out of each one. Follow up each statement with supporting evidence.
Look at all of the items. If you have more than three items of concern, try to group several that are similar together.
TIP: Less is more. Your concerns will have more of an impact if presented in a simple and concise way as opposed to resembling a laundry list.
Take the top three statements and follow up with a non-threatening question. Example: How can we work together to make sure that my child is getting the best education possible?
Be sure to take the time to think about positive aspects of the teacher’s performance.
Constant criticism will only make the teacher defensive and will not result in a positive compromise that is in the best interest of your child.
KEY POINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MEETING:
Never have a conference when you are angry.
Always be prepared.
Be respectful and professional.
Let the teacher know you support them but also let them know that you want to make sure that your child’s best interests are being met.
If you feel the meeting is going nowhere, end on a positive note and schedule a meeting with the principal.
KEY POINT TO KEEP IN MIND:
This is your child’s teacher and you want your child to have a positive school experience.