Getting the most out of your Parent Teacher Conference
It’s Parent-Teacher Conference Week at Parker Woods Montessori. Here are some helpful tips to help you get the most out of your meeting with your child’s teacher.
Before you meet with the teacher
Talk to your child. Ask your child how he or she is doing in school. Find out if your child has any concerns. Is she happy in school? What is her favorite part of the day? Does she need extra help?
Write down the questions you want to ask. Preparing a list before your meeting will help you remember all the things you want to talk about when you get there.
During the Parent Teacher Conference
Be on time. Each conference is scheduled for 15 minutes. Try to arrive at school before the conference is scheduled.
Relax and be yourself. You should feel welcomed in the school. This is your chance to get to know more about the people who work with your child every day.
Refer to your list and ask the most important questions first. Here are some good questions to ask:
- What will be covered in this school year?
- Is my child doing work at or above grade level?
- What are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?
- What are the expectations for homework?
- How are grades determined?
- What can I do at home to help?
- How are my child’s work habits and behavior?
- Does my child work better in groups or alone?
- How does my child get along with others? Adults? Children?
- Is my child happy in school?
- Is there any concern about learning or behavior problems that I should know about? If so, what has been tried to help my child?
- How can I keep in touch about my child’s progress?
- What are some opportunities for me to become involved at school?
Ask for explanations of anything you don’t understand. Some of the educational terms used by the teacher may seem unfamiliar. Make sure you get an explanation of anything that is new to you.
Make a plan. Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child.
After the Parent Teacher Conference
Talk to your child. Tell your child how well the conference went. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.
Follow through. Be sure to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months. There are many ways to communicate—in person, by phone, notes, email. Communication should go both ways. Ask how you can contact the teacher. And don’t forget to ask how the teacher will contact you too. Make a plan that works for both of you.
Here are some resources you can refer to for more information about make parent-teacher conferences a success for you and your child.