6. What were his or her challenges?

Never refer to your child as “bad” or confirm negative stereotypes; moreover, do not blindly accept or endorse a teacher’s conclusions based on her or his observations alone.  Listen carefully and openly to whatever issues or challenges may have arisen and agree to try to work on them with your son or daughter over the summer.

7.     What do you think would be most beneficial for my child to do this summer?

This is just good for you to help direct them over those non-school months.

8.     Finally, what is the one most important thing I can do to help my child to be successful next year?

The answer to this question is golden.  It may not result in a specific task or formula, but it should point you in the right direction.

You may not get all the answers you’d like in your end-of-year parent meeting, but chances are good that your child’s teachers for next year will hear that you are an active, interested and involved parent who will be an advocate for her child.  And that goes a long way.

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francesFrances Cudjoe Waters is an Associate Pastor in the United Methodist Church, Founder and CTO (Chief Transformation Officer) of BTransformed Media Ministry and an Educational Consultant.  She resides happily in Dallas, TX with her wonderful husband of 16 years and their three amazing sons.

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