My child's teacher doesn't know him well? What can I do?

Many teachers have up to 30 children in their classroom, all with their own unique set of needs. Given the large class size, sometimes each student doesn’t always get the personalized attention they need. If you are concerned that this is the case for your child, start by arranging to spend an hour or two in the classroom so you can observe how the teacher interacts with your child. If you would still like to talk to your child’s teacher about your concerns after spending some time in the classroom, set up a time to talk to the teacher outside of class time. It is important to be as specific as possible when you talk to the teacher about your concerns, and use a constructive, positive tone to avoid making your child’s teacher respond defensively. The point is to open up a dialogue with your child’s teacher and work together on a solution. Create a plan that you feel comfortable with and follow up to ensure that you are happy with the outcome. If you are unsatisfied with the meeting or feel that the teacher does not take your concerns seriously, you can always ask to meet the teacher again with the director of the school. 

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.

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