As your child gets older, interaction with teachers is less common, sometimes only during a very brief 10-minute meeting two or three times a year. Parents are often startled to find this process is more like an assembly line that can devolve into an exchange of “Everything’s fine. Keep up the good work,” which might tell you absolutely nothing. To get more out of these rare meetings, a little preparation can be very helpful. Here are some things to do before and during the meeting:
If things are not going well at school, some parents will react defensively and try to argue for the success of their child. While there are bad teachers, in most cases, you’ll help your child more by treating the teacher as a partner and mapping out what you can do together to better results at school.