How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

by Maytal Wichman

That time of the year is coming up. Some dread it while others are excited about it: the parent-teacher conference. We’ve gathered some great tips from various websites to help you get the most out of your meeting with your child’s teacher.

Familyeducation.com has some great tips to share:

  • Write down what you’d like to discuss with the teacher
  • Begin with positive comments about the teacher or classroom
  • Be open-minded to suggestions from the teacher
  • Tell your child what you discussed with his/her teacher
  • Show gratitude to the teacher

Inspiringteachers.com has a list of questions that may be asked by the parents. Use that list to get ideas for questions to ask your child’s teacher. Here are some good questions:

  • Is my child working up to his/her ability?
  • What are his/her strengths and weaknesses, and what can I do to help with weaknesses?
  • Is my child meeting your expectations for learning and behavior?
  • If my child is struggling in any area, what has been done to improve performance?
  • Are there any concerns about my child’s health, adjustment issues, social issues?

Thelearningcommunity.us also has some useful tips:

  • Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s schoolwork, such as a new baby.
  • Take notes to help you remember what you discussed and what was agreed upon.
  • End the conference with a plan for what you and the teacher will do, and follow up with a phone call or another meeting to make sure the plan is working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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