Even the best teachers make an occasional mistake. We are not perfect, and most of us will admit our failures. Great teachers will proactively inform parents immediately when they realize they have made a mistake. Most parents will appreciate the candor in this approach. It seems dishonest and will have a negative effect on the parent teacher relationship when a teacher realizes they have made a mistake and decides not to inform the parent. If your child comes home and tells you they had an issue with a teacher, what should you do? First of all do not jump to conclusions. It is necessary to realize that there are always two sides to a story while you want to back your child at all times. Children will occasionally stretch the truth because they are afraid they will be in trouble. There are also times that they did not accurately interpret the actions of the teacher. There is a right way and wrong way to address any concerns brought about by what your child had told you in any case. The most crucial aspect of handling a concern with a teacher may be how you confront or approach the issue.

Steps to effectively address a concern with a teacher

The teacher and the administration are likely going to label you a difficult parent in case ou take a “guns blazing” approach. This will lead to increased frustration. School officials will automatically go into defense mode and will be less likely to cooperate. It is imperative that you come in calm and level headed. How should you address a concern with a teacher? In most cases, you can start with the teacher themselves. It is crucial to note, however, that if it involves the breaking of a law inform the principal and file a police report. Set up an appointment to meet with the teacher at a time that is convenient for them. This will typically be before school, after school, or on their planning period. Let them know immediately that you have some concerns and want to hear their side of the story. Provide them with the details that you have been given. Give them an opportunity to explain their side of the situation. There are times where a teacher genuinely does not realize they have made a mistake. Hopefully this will provide the answers you are seeking. It may be time to advance to the next step in the process in case the teacher is rude, uncooperative, or speaks in vague double talk. Be sure to document the details of your discussion. This will be helpful should the issue remain unresolved in any case. Most issues can be resolved without having to take it to the principal. There are certainly times when this is warranted, however. Most principals will be willing to listen so long as you are civil. They field parent concerns quite often so they are usually adept at handling them. Be prepared to provide them with as much information as possible.