How to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences
To schedule a conference with your child's teacher, please contact that teacher by phone or email.
Parent-teacher conferences offer the opportunity for parents to find out how their children are doing at school. By working together, parents and teachers can help children have a successful school year. The following tips can help parents contribute to a productive conference.
Make a list of questions to ask the teacher. Examples include: What are my child's best and worst subjects? How can I assist my child with homework? What books should my child be reading? Are there any discipline concerns of which I should be aware? Is my child working up to his or her ability level? What can I do at home to help my child be more successful in school?
Have a positive attitude. Be on time, and go into the conference with an attitude of cooperation. The teacher will share samples of your child's work, talk about his or her strengths and weaknesses, discuss areas for improvement, and suggest ways to meet learning goals. Together you and the teacher will devise solutions to any problems that exist.
Follow up. Begin immediately to implement the plan you and the teacher worked out. Evaluate the success of the plan by checking your child's homework and class work. Stay in regular touch with the teacher to discuss your child's progress.