Creating a plan: Always get your child's take on the problem.
Say, "Your teacher is concerned that you're having a hard time with subtraction. " Ask him how you can help, and brainstorm solutions with the teacher too.
s a college coach over the years, I have heard this expression numerous times: “Coach, can we talk?
” I’ll admit that this expression typically leads into conversations that are on the heavier end of the sports spectrum, regarding life, happiness, and future volleyball plans.
Then people send you buddy requests all the time and actually answer when you speak.
Raised an eyebrow a bit, but I again figured, “It’s National Geographic. You’re cool if you have beta items (rare items from the earliest days of the game).
Or, maybe even worse, a parent will not address the coach directly, but instead will find other parents to vent their frustrations to.
Worse than that is when parents go straight to the athletic director and bypass the coach altogether.
"Or he missed learning something the previous year -- he was out sick when the teacher introduced subtraction -- and he's never gotten the hang of it."The right response: Ask the teacher for specifics so you can judge what kind of help your child needs: Is he having trouble in every subject or just one? Is he not doing the work, or is he frustrated and can't handle it?
When your child's teacher calls you, chances are she's worried about your child's behavior or schoolwork, so it's tempting to panic, get defensive, or fly off the handle before you've even heard everything she has to say. The key is to ask the right questions so you and the teacher can create a plan to help your child.
We asked teachers for the four most common reasons they call parents and the best way to handle each situation.
Please allow me to ease your anxiety and mention that I completely understand that a child’s safety and health are of utmost importance.
If either are at risk beyond the sport, then anyone and everyone involved in the situation should help to protect the child.