Teacher-Parent Communication: Dos and Don'ts

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Don't: Blame the Teacher

Even if your kid is falling behind or struggling in a specific subject, it’s never okay to blame teacher for the issue. “Your teacher teaches because he or she cares for your child,” says Sarah Greesonbach, a former high school teacher. “Taking a defensive or threatening approach is rarely necessary.” Take responsibility for your own part in the issue and use "I" statements to talk about things without giving teacher the proverbial stink-eye.