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Dear Teacher

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Changing the 
Troublemaker Label

For the past two years, my child has been labeled a troublemaker. He is currently a fifth-grader and frequently receives detention. We have a meeting scheduled with his teacher because I heard this information is being sent to his middle school and I don’t want him labeled before he arrives.

You have been hearing about your son’s behavior for several years now. Why did he start acting this way in third grade? Were there changes prior to this time that affected him? And the big question: Why hasn’t something been done to change his behavior, either by you or the school?

As far as his records go, you will not be able to take out any information that teachers have put into them. However, you can look at the records and put in information expressing your take on his behavior for the middle-school teachers to see.

Realistically, it is past time for your son to change his image. When you meet with his teacher, ask what can be done right now to help your son eliminate the troublemaker label. Suggest that a behavior modification plan be developed immediately so some improvement in his behavior can begin to take place at once.

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