It’s getting to be that time again and we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your parent-teacher conferences.
These meetings are a great opportunity to plan out the rest of the year with your child and their teacher. Make sure you plan ahead for parent-teacher conferences and get all of your questions answered.
This conference will not be the first, nor the last time in which you’ll be communicating with your child’s teacher, rather it will be an opportunity to touch base, hopefully, since you last spoke.
So that your child feels successful, it is essential that both you and their teacher are in communication and have an action plan for success.
In order to take advantage of the opportunity to make a plan, read the tips below to be prepared before, during and after Parent-Teacher conferences!
Before the Conference
- Read the report and highlight areas of surprise
- Write down your questions
- Find the room in advance and confirm your time
- Talk to your child and ask about favorite assignments or projects they have completed thus far this year.
- What do they find most difficult?
- What do they enjoy the most?
- Who do they work well with at school?
- Who are their friends? favorite teacher? favorite class?
- Notice what areas they put the most time and effort into? (for some students it’s the most difficult area, for others it’s what they enjoy the most.)
- Look over last year’s conference notes to be prepared to see patterns of behavior or new growth.
The day has come where you finally get to sit down with Ms. Thompson and while it would be fantastic to have an hour-long conversation, you’ll be lucky if you get 20 minutes. So, what are some of the most important topics to cover and questions to ask? Make sure you’re getting the most out of your parent-teacher conferences.