What should a parent do when he or she hears, ” My teacher doesn’t like me!” The first thing to do is LISTEN CAREFULLY to what the child is saying. In the child’s perception, there is something wrong in the relationship between the child and a teacher. Narrow the complaint so that you can help your student act on it.
NO NOT ignore what the child is saying. It is important for the child (student) to have concerns validated. Ask the child to give you more than one example of why the teacher doesn’t like him or her.
The next step is to meet with the teacher. Start out with something that the child likes about the class and the teacher. Then express the concern that the child has. It is important to listen carefully to the teacher. By chance, is there a behavior that the child is doing that irritates the teacher? If yes, then discuss this in private with the child.
Follow up every few days with the child. See if things have gotten better. In an extreme situation, it might be wise to move the child to another teacher.
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