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She may be able to recommend flash cards or work sheets your child can do at home, or maybe she can fit in extra-help sessions with him during lunch or free classroom time.
If there's been little or no improvement, consider getting extra tutoring or consulting with a counselor or the school's psychologist to make sure he doesn't have a learning disability. Young kids can't always articulate their feelings, so bad behavior can be a sign that your child is anxious.Fish, Ph D, professor in the school-psychology program at Queens College, in Flushing, New York."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?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.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.
The teacher says: "Your child is having trouble with his schoolwork."School struggles can be a symptom of a wide variety of issues.
"Your child could be distracted by a family problem, or maybe he's just not getting enough sleep and can't pay attention," says Marian C.
The teacher says: "Your child is acting out in class."The right response: Find out what she's doing: Is she interrupting? Ask the teacher whether she's disruptive at the same time every day, which can help you identify the trigger.
For example, if your child misbehaves just before gym class, she could be scared kids will make fun of her because she's bad at sports.
Another possibility: Maybe she thinks she isn't getting enough attention from the teacher or the other students, and being loud is her way of grabbing the spotlight.