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Parent Teacher Conferences
What you need to know for Parent-Teacher Conference
A parent–teacher conference is a time when important people in a student’s life can talk about how that student is doing in school.
It’s a chance for you to ask questions about the class or your child’s progress. It is also a time for you and the teacher to work together as a team to discuss ways you both can help your son or daughter. Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or secondary school, parent-teacher conferences are important. If your school does not schedule regular conferences, you can request them. Teachers need your help to do a first-class job. Together, you can help your child have a great school year.
Parent Teacher Conferences Tips
- Be on time. Being conscious of time ensures that your child’s teacher has enough time for each parent.
- Let the teacher know if there is a particular topic you want to discuss. If you want to talk about your child’s progress in a specific area, let the teacher know. They will be able to have test scores and other materials on hand to go over with you.
- Exchange information. Let the teacher know about any situations at home that may affect your child’s school work, such as changes in schedules or a loss in the family.
- Take notes. Taking notes will help you remember what was discussed and what was agreed upon during the conference.
- Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic success, share any information you feel is necessary with your child’s teacher.
- Leave with a plan. You should leave the conference feeling confident about what was discussed and with a clear plan of next steps.
- Always feel free to schedule follow-up meetings or telephone calls to be sure the plan is working. Keep in contact with your child’s teacher by phone or email.
Prepare questions to ask your child’s teacher in advance:
- Is my child finishing the work assigned in class?
- How can I help my child at home?
- What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- If there is an issue - How can we solve this problem working together?
- How can I be more involved in my child’s school?
- Can you describe my child's reading? Is it fluent and expressive? Does my child read at an appropriate pace?
- How does my child get along with classmates?