Your regular attendance at parent/teacher conferences is extremely important to the educational success of your child. Below are some tips for effective conferences:
Parent Tips For Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences
Some Things to Keep in Mind
Parent/teacher conferences are an excellent opportunity to gauge your child’s academic progress and create an ongoing dialogue with your child’s teacher.
- Ask your child if there are topics he/she would like discussed with his/her teacher.
- Write notes to yourself about your child’s personality, learning difficulties and study habits – aspects that you feel the teacher should know. Take these notes with you to the meeting.
Helpful Questions to Ask at the Meeting:
- What is your classroom homework policy? Is homework graded?
- What are the skills that you expect my child to master this year?
- Is my child working up to his/her ability?
- How do you accommodate for learning styles?
- How can I stay involved in my child’s learning?
During the Conference:
- Be respectful of the teacher’s time and arrive promptly.
- Begin the conversation on a positive note.
- Discuss your notes concerning your child’s learning habits.
- Ask your most important questions first – in case time runs out.
- Listen to the teacher’s comments and be open to feedback and suggestions.
- Ask the teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child reach his/her potential. This is the most important part of the meeting. If the teacher says something that you don’t understand, ask for clarification. Don’t be shy.
- Take notes so you can discuss the meeting with your child.
- End the meeting by reiterating the actions that will be taken by the teacher or you.
- If needed, schedule a time to meet again.
After the Conference:
- Develop an action plan, then work with your child to implement it. Be sure to make learning fun.
- Stay in contact with the teacher and continue to discuss your child’s progress.