Does your child speak to the teacher directly when there is a problem or do you do it for your child?
My kids are very young. But they speak to the teacher. If my 5 year old complains to me about something I tell him he needs to talk to her before I will. I've only ended up calling once.
My fourth grade students almost always talk to me first. I do have one student in particular who goes to his mom. The others all come right to me when something happens.
I have raised my children to "own" their education. I do NOT fight their battles for them. I will give them the "tools" to handle the situation, i.e. what to say, but I will NOT intervene. My oldest and my youngest do NOT like to speak to the teachers, but have learned that when they do, the problem is usually immediately corrected. My daughter now admits as she finishes junior high, that me making her do this in elementary prepared her for the upper grades.
Neither we both hate his teacher and his school we're waiting to be moved to a program that is trained to help ds and undo the damage that his current school is causing him.
My child speaks directly to the teacher then will tell me about it later. If I feel that something is not resolved then I will talk to who ever I need to about it.
My dd speaks to her teachers for the most part. There have been a couple of occassions where dd has been bullied but doesn't want to lose the "friend" where I have had to step in and talk to the teachers. They are very good about mediating between them and solving the issues for the most part.
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