It’s that time of year again – Parent Teacher Conferences.
Parent- Teacher conferences are the best time to talk with your child’s teacher and discuss what is best for your child academically. Both, parent and teacher are vital in a student’s education.
A Parent – Teacher Conference should be a two-way conversation, with all talking and listening. This is the parent’s opportunity to learn about the child’s progress. You can see the data about your child’s absences, grades and test scores. Ask to see your child’s work and how the teacher gives grades. During this time, the parent has the opportunity to tell the teacher information about the child’s needs, so the teacher can help your child more.
The primary focus of this conference is to establish how the child can do better. Be sure to have your questions ready, to ensure that you obtain all the information you need and to keep the conference focused on the primary goal — helping your child do better in school.
Ask questions like the following:
- Is my child performing at grade level?
- How is he/she doing compared to the rest of the class?
- What are his/her strengths?
- How could he/she improve?
- What can I do at home to help my child learn or improve?
- Are there other programs that could help my child?
- How can you (the teacher) both challenge my child and support my child when he/she needs it?
Gathering information is important during this time, but most importantly, you and the teacher need to make a plan. This written plan is the things that you and the teacher will do to support your child. You can do this during the conference or after. Write down what you will do, when and how often and check in frequently with the teacher in the coming months.
Schedule another time to talk, if you still have questions or concerns. The teacher is there to help your child learn and you are an important part of the process. Feel free to email your teacher with concerns, as they arise and schedule other conferences when needed.
Lastly, talk to your child about what you learned at the conference. Talk about how you will help him at home and ask for any suggestions from him.
Education involves a team — Teacher, Parents and Students. Being an active part of the team will yield great gains for your student’s education.
Here is a checklist for your next Parent-Teacher Conference.
If you need assistance, please feel free to contact me, Scarlet Sanders, Family Engagement Specialist at 478-836-3426 ext 132 or via email email@example.com.
Make your Parent – Teacher Conference A Success!!