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Getting Along With Your Child's Teacher

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There is one thing that nearly every school has in common—it is seldom possible for a parent to select his child’s teacher. Only in rare instances is this an option—perhaps if a parent has a set of twins or triplets and is stipulating that each child be in a different classroom, for example. Or, a parent may be able to successfully ask that his child not be in a class taught by a relative. But those are special circumstances. In normal situations, parents are not permitted to request a particular teacher—nor can a parent try to specify that his child not be in a certain teacher’s class.

So, there are times when a child ends up in a classroom in which the teacher may not be to his parents’ liking. Or perhaps the child and the teacher are like oil and water—their personalities clash and they do not get along (this can and does happen with teachers and students, just as it can happen between any two individuals).

In either of these cases, it can be difficult to get through a school year. The best thing to do is to keep the lines of communication open between the teacher, the parents, and the child. The principal or another third party may need to be included in this communication, depending upon whether or not there are any difficulties that cannot be handled through a calm dialogue.

For the sake of the child’s education, everyone needs to try to work together. After all, unless there is an extreme problem that is affecting other students in the classroom, the child will likely not be moved to another classroom. So, the parents and the teacher need to try to find a way to act as a team in order to help the child learn and finish the school year.

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