Love your teacher (and help him/her)
Teachers, we love them or hate them. Parents are their best friend, or not so friendly. The government, and some parents, expect teachers to wave a magic wand and, "poof" little Susie or Johnny can read on grade level, do their math, etc. and if they don't it's the teacher's fault.
Teachers are expected to put up with rude, obnoxious children because they have "issues". We all have issues and sometimes we just have to put on our big girl/boy panties and deal with it.
Let's be honest, not all children will be a doctor or physicist, nor would we want them to be, so stop having unrealistic ambitions for a child. No, I'm not saying to stilfe their dreams, but someone who can't multipy 7 x 8 in their head in middle school has a few problems.
Parents, be THE PARENT, you tell child when to go to bed, if they tell you they've finished their homework then check it. Yes, you can go through your child's backpack, you're the parent.
Parents, please don't be offended, but before you believe every word that comes out of your little darlin's mouth, check with the teacher first. Could be Susie made a bad grade because, oh travesty, she didn't do the work........... or didn't get all the answers correct, didn't put her name on the paper, I couldn't read it etc. Try volunteering to help your child's teacher - you might learn something.
Teacher's get paid very little for all they deal with - no supply money, extra paperwork (even though we are in paper saving mode), longer unpaid hours, and for what? The parents are upset because their child is failing, yet when I call your house every day for one solid week, you don't respond back to me, why?
Is it the teacher's responsibility to teach your child on how to behave and speak to adults in a respectful manner? It would appear it is because many of today's children come to school totally unprepared on how to behave in the upper grades, and think it's okay to talk when the teacher is talking, walk around the room at random, and use a tone that should be fightin' tones. Oh, but, please, let's not hurt their little feelin's as their emotional growth might be stumped.
Teachers are human and would love parents to be a parent, most of us are parents so we do understand. We have to work together and when your child know's we are on the same page, chances are your child will learn to tow the line, be successful, and learn.