Posts

Top 10 To-Do List For Parent Teacher Conference

Parent teacher conferences serve as an important time in a child’s academic year. The teacher is able to provide updates and insight parent teacher conferencesinto the student’s progress within the classroom.  In today’s schools teacher’s conferences schedules are often jam packed and you might only have fifteen precious minutes with the teacher to talk about your child. What we advise you to do is to be prepared in order to get the most out of the conference. The following are suggestions that we recommend to help with the conference.

10 Tips to Prepare for Conferences:

  1. Ask the teacher to log behaviors or issues at the beginning of the year so you have concrete examples as to the behaviors the child is engaging in.
  2. Make a questions list beforehand. Focus questions not only how the child is doing academically but also socially and behaviorally.
  3. Ask your child if there is anything new you should know before you go in.
  4. Ask your child what he or she likes about school and also what he or she does not like.
  5. Ask the teacher how you can make sure your child reaches his or her potential? What extra activities would be recommended?
  6. Ask the teacher who your child is friends with and how that area is going.
  7. Ask her who he or she sits with at lunch and if he or she smiles a lot and looks happy.
  8. Ask the teacher if she has any other concerns about your child besides academics.
  9. If the teacher says anything negative about your child, without follow up, ask for a solution(s) and tell her you also will think of some.
  10. Don’t be defensive, just ask good questions!

Remember that the teacher is there to help your child develop to the highest potential. It is important to take the advice that is provided as they have seen many children and are able to readily identify areas of strength and weakness. It is important to work as a team to make sure your child’s academic and social needs are met.

 Download our Parent/Teacher Conference Checklist by Clicking Here!

School Conferences: 3 Topics That Must Be Discussed

Parent teacher ConferenceParent and teacher conferences are soon approaching.  This is an exciting time for parents, as it serves as the first means of identifying how their children have been progressing thus far in the school year.  However, too many times parents leave the conferences with more questions than answers.  This is a hectic time; teachers are extremely busy, as they have twenty some conferences to prepare for themselves, and parents are often in a rush and feel unprepared.  Here are several ideas and guidelines for making the most out of a conference.

It is important for parents to make the most of the fifteen or so minutes that are planned for the conference.  Teachers usually have an idea of what they want to discuss during the meeting, and more often than not, the focus is on the child’s academic work and behavior within the classroom.  Parents, please develop and write down an outline of what you want to discuss during the meeting.  Like any structured meeting, the agenda must be decided by both parties.  It is important to identify what the current concerns are, as well as what your (as parents) ideal outcome is from having the meeting with the teacher.  Read more