An effective and quick way to communicate to Sam’s teacher that he has learning problems, emotional, behavioral or even health issues is to create a Fast Facts Sheet.
I’ve recommended this strategy for years and parents report that they’re able to get their kids’ teachers’ attention even in high school.
On the front, there should be a list of Sam’s strengths and weaknesses in bullet form. Teachers just don’t have the time to read an extensive narrative, so keep your messages short, but accurate.
At the bottom of the page, draw an arrow showing that there’s information on the back. The “How to Help” section should offer, in bullet points, the “tried and true” ways to help him.
Also give all of your contact information as well as that of his support team.
At the end, make a sincere statement of thanks for their efforts and your willingness to do everything you can to help. It makes for a great start to the school year or on an “as-needed” basis.
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