Parent Teacher ConferenceTeachers and parents both want children to do well in school and be successful, and there’s no better way to do that than by having teachers and parents join forces. Even if your child is doing well in school please make time to attend his or her parent-teacher conference. There’s no better time to talk about your child and how he or she is doing. And, it’s an opportunity to develop a relationship with his or her teacher, which can be very important if issues arise in the future. Plus, teachers love getting to meet their students’ families and getting to know their students better.

Here are some more tips and suggestions for getting the most out of this week’s parent-teacher conferences:

Before The Conference:
• Review your child’s work, progress reports and grades so you’re ready to discuss them.
• Ask your child what he or she is most proud of this trimester and what they want to work on in the coming trimester.
• Make a list of questions you want to ask during the conference.
• If you think you may need more than the time allotted call the school ahead of time and see what arrangements can be made.

Conference Day:
• Ask the teacher questions that will help you assess your child’s progress and highlight any areas of concern. Is my child performing at grade level? What do you see as his strengths? What are areas where she needs to improve?
• Ask what you can do at home to reinforce what your child is learning in the classroom.

After The Conference:
• Make a plan with the teacher on how each of you will support your child.
• Follow up with the teacher over the next few weeks to check on your child’s progress and see whether you need to modify your plan.
• Talk to your child about what you learned at the conference. Praise their progress and discuss how you and his or her teacher are going to continue working together to help them succeed.