The first grading period of the year is coming to an end, and it’s time for parent-teacher conferences. These meetings are a wonderful way for parents and teachers to establish a relationship, while setting the stage for a fantastic school year.
Before the Conference
Before the conference, parents are encouraged to talk to their child. Find out which subjects your child likes the best and the least and ask why. Ask if there is anything your child would like you to talk about with the teacher. Help your child understand that you and the teacher are meeting to help him or her. Lastly, make a list of topics/questions to discuss with the teacher.
During the Conference
Don’t be shy…ask questions! It’s a good idea to ask the important questions first, in case time runs out. Listed below are five questions for parents to consider as they make the most of this time with their child’s teacher.
- What content and skills will my child be expected to master this year and how can I help?
- Is my child working to the best of his/her ability?
- How do you evaluate students? Do tests, attendance and homework all count toward grades?
- Does my child seem happy and engaged in school?
- What is your preferred method of communication with parents?
After the Conference
After the conference, parents are encouraged to stay in touch with the teacher. If you think of a question you didn’t ask, contact the teacher. Talk with your child. Stress the positive things the teacher said and talk about suggestions for improvement. Plan with your child how to carry out these suggestions.