You just received a phone call or an email from your child’s teacher requesting a Parent Teacher Conference. You think to yourself, “Great, now what? What did my child do this time at school?” You flashback to when you were a student and waited at home while your parents went to talk with the teacher. Your cold sweat breaks in a moment.
Now you schedule a time to meet. The day comes and you walk through the campus. Things seem smaller than you remembered. You find the class door is propped open and you walk in. Walls are colorfully decorated and you catch a glimpse of artwork that was created in your kitchen. That makes you smile. Next, you look at neatly arranged chairs and tables and wonder if you can fit in them.
Thankfully the teacher directs you to another part of the class that has adult-sized chairs. You take your seat and the meeting begins. Wouldn’t it be nice to be prepared?
This interview can be highly beneficial to a child’s school success. By preparing for three key parts of the meeting, parents can make the conference an informative and rewarding experience.
Parent teacher conference are a valuable tool to help you and your child’s teacher(s) work together. Knowing how your child is doing in school and seeking out additional information will help you to assist your child reach their full potential and fostering a love of learning.
Review your child’s most recent report card along with grades from the last few years.
Review your child’s most recent school work.
Discuss your upcoming parent-teacher interview with your child; you might be amazed at what you learn.
Come with prepared questions as meetings typically last 10 to 15 minutes. Maximize your time by making questions specific and organized by order of importance. Example questions include;
Take a notepad with your questions and take notes.
Ask for suggestions
Agree on an action plan. Summarize the key points and identify the next steps.
Ask about alternative help.
Nothing motivates a child more than a home where learning is valued. It is important that parents show a close interest in their children’s school progress, homework, and projects, and attend school events. With support such as that children are more likely to have higher student achievement, better attendance, and a more positive relationship with their teachers.
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