It is an accepted fact that parents of this generation are far more involved in their wards academic activities than the previous generation. Most schools have a strong and active Parent Teachers association which helps address the grievances faced by parents. Your child’s teachers especially his class teacher is a very important and influential person in his (and your) life. With a few right moves, you can turn the dreaded PTA meetings (or PTM) into a productive meeting where you can get helpful insights into your child’s strong points and also ways to help him overcome his weaknesses. Here are a few suggestions
While your involvement in school activities is conducive to your child’s success in school, you should be aware of the degree of involvement that is encouraged by your child’s school. You can help your child by not fighting his school battles but by empowering him to fight his own battles.
Don’t treat Parent teacher meetings as a time to run and grab the report card, agree with what ever the teacher says to get done with it quickly. Prepare for your child’s PTA as you would for his tests. Make a list of questions you want to ask the teacher and prepare for the meeting. This is the time to address any concerns you may have regarding your child’s school work or general behavior. Talk to the teacher about any difficulty your child may be facing at school or at home and strive to arrive at a solution with the teacher.
If your child is facing an issue with a particular teacher, or if you feel that he has been handed out unfair punishment, it is better to hear the whole story before playing the blame game. Start by telling the teacher what your son has been telling you and find out the whole story. It is possible that your son might have omitted a few details or was punished after repeated warnings. This will help both you and the teacher to arrive at a solution rather than bicker and also teach your child the importance of being fair.
If your child is facing a problem with the way a particular teacher is conducting classes, it is better not to get involved unless absolutely necessary. Instead encourage your child to speak to teacher himself, help him to articulate what he is feeling. So if your child feels that the science teacher is covering the portions too quickly and that he will benefit from some more detailed explanations, ask him to tell his teacher that he is having a problem keeping up with the speed and also ask for suggestions on how he can increase his speed.