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Back to School with Parent/Teacher Conferences

Back to School With Parent/Teacher Conferences


                You, as a parent, and your child’s school have something in common - you both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about a child’s talents and needs. And a great place for those conversations to happen?  At Parent/Teacher conferences.  Following are some tips to make the most of parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child.

                Ask questions, lots of questions. And what type of questions?  The following questions are examples that will help you learn more about your child's progress in school:

  • What is my child expected to learn this year?
  • How will this be evaluated?
  • What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
  • What are some examples of these strengths and weaknesses?
  • Does my child hand homework in on time?
  • What types of tests and evaluations will my child have to take this year?
  • How are my child's test-taking skills?
  • Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
  • How are my child's social skills?
  • Does my child seem happy at school?
  • Have you noticed any unusual behaviors?
  • Has my child missed any classes other than his/her excused absences?
  • Do you think my child is reaching his/her potential?
  • What can I do at home to help support his/her academic progress?

If your child receives special services (gifted programs, special education, English classes, speech or occupational therapy, or support for a learning disability), ask about the frequency of these services and about your child's progress with them.

                Relax and be yourself. Remember that you and the teacher both the want the same thing: the very best for your child.   Respectful communication will be the most effective way to work together with your child's teacher. Getting angry or upset during the conference will make it very difficult to have a positive conversation.

                Stay in touch with your child's teachers. This will help you strengthen the parent-teacher partnership, and will be an important part of the child's success in school. When a child sees that parents and teachers are working together, the child will understand that his/her education is a top priority at school and at home.

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