Before you rush into a battle with a teacher or administrator, it is important to get the facts. Yes, some teachers are harsh, but it is also true that sometimes kids don't always tell the whole truth or sometimes stretch the truth. Here are a few tips to help with dealing with this problem:
1. Cool off and investigate the facts. Remember you were not there to witness the incident and there are two sides to every story.
2. Tell your child how you expect them to react to any problem with an adult. They must be respectful. If there is a punishment, let the child deal with the consequences of their behavior.
3. If there are still problems and it does not seem to be getting better, make an appointment to meet and talk with the teacher.
4. Go in with the attitude of wanting to understand what is going on and wanting to help with a solution. Kids can and often do exaggerate and manipulate their parents.
5. You should leave the meeting feeling like you understand what is going on and there should be a resolution or plan in place so the problem doesn't continue.
6. If you are not satisfied with the meeting results with the teacher, make an appointment with the principal. Make sure you bring all the facts and have handled it calmly and correctly.