Parent Teacher Conferences are an opportunity for parents and teachers to share information about each student – their successes, their strengths, and their areas for growth. It is an opportunity for parents to learn more about what is going on in the classroom and for teachers to hear how students are doing at home. With each conference lasting from 15 to 20 minutes, parents can make the most of the time by preparing a little ahead of time.
Here are some tips to make the most of your upcoming Parent Teacher Conference:
LOOK OVER YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOLWORK & REPORT CARDS
Before the conference, take some time to look through your child’s schoolwork to see if there is anything they are struggling with or if you think they need more of a challenge. Note any grades on their report cards you would like to discuss.
TALK WITH YOUR CHILD
If you haven’t already, ask them how school is going: what they enjoy, what they find challenging. Ask about the social situation. Are they getting along with friends? Get a feel for their overall school experience.
MAKE A LIST OF QUESTIONS
Make a list of questions you want to ask the teacher or other areas you would like to discuss. During the conference, make sure you ask the most important questions first so they are addressed, and save anything that isn’t addressed for a follow-up meeting if necessary.
SET A CALENDAR REMINDER
Set a reminder on your phone or your calendar to ensure you arrive at the conference on time so you can make the most of it.
MAKE PLANS TO FOLLOW UP
Before the conference ends, if you still have questions or if there is something you or the teacher needs to follow up with, confirm if you will continue the conversation via phone, email or if you will set up a future meeting.
SHARE WITH YOUR CHILD
After the conference, be sure to share any positive feedback with your child or make plans for areas in which they need additional support.