9 Ways to Give Feedback to Your Child's Teacher (page 2)

9 Ways to Give Feedback to Your Child

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Updated on Jan 2, 2013

Offer Observations. Another way to offer feedback on a negative situation is to offer your own observations rather than accusations. Tell the teacher what you’ve noticed at home. He may confirm your findings, or he may offer another perspective. “The greatest way to get someone involved is to offer them a way to buy in to a situation,” says Landers, “and their goal as an educator is to make sure that your child is successful.”

Suggest Specifics. Once you’ve identified the problem, advocate for your child by adding information or suggestions that the teacher might not know. Your child’s likes, dislikes, and frustrations could be helpful in crafting a solution.

Be Proactive. If you notice a concern, don’t wait to bring it to the teacher’s attention. It’s easier to remediate concerns in early elementary school, when students are learning the fundamentals of reading and math that they will build on in later elementary school and beyond. Also, the more proactive you are, the easier it is to address any problem.

As you work with your child’s teacher, don’t forget to provide feedback in a way that you would want to receive it. A positive note and recognition of the teacher’s hard work and dedication can create buy-in to shift a conversation toward the ultimate goal, your child’s success.  

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