Most teachers say they want to know what's going on in their students' lives. Chances are if you've noticed a problem, your child's teacher has observed it, too. By working together, you may be able to come up with a solution that's right for your child.
You may not need another conference. Many times, a telephone call can provide the communication you and the teacher need. Call during school hours, but don't expect to talk to the teacher while the children are in class. Instead, leave a number where you may be reached. You might want to leave an evening number, too.
Here are some times you should definitely call your child's teacher:
You see a dramatic change in your child's behavior. A happy child becomes withdrawn. A friendly child suddenly wants to be alone.
Grades drop. This may be in one subject or across the board.
You suspect that your child may be telling you things about school that aren't the truth. He may say that there's no homework. Or he may say that everyone else got a failing grade on the test, too.
There's been a change in your family. A new marriage, a divorce, or a new baby can all affect your child's performance at school.
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