The Parent/Teacher Conference
Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice yearly in October and February or March. They are a great way for parents and teachers to communicate information about the students and to set the stage for success in school. Conferences are designed to supplement the regular grade reports and provide a chance for you and the teacher to discuss the progress and potential of your children. Parents and teachers have the common goal of helping our children, and both play an important role in children's success.
Before the Conference
Preparation for the conference may include
- Talking to your child about how he/she feels school is going, areas of success, problems, likes and dislikes.
- Preparing a list of things you feel the teacher should know about your child - health, interests, family relationships, attitude regarding school, hobbies - anything that will help the teacher to better understand your child.
- Deciding what you would like to ask or discuss with the teacher.
- Being on time. Bring your child if the teacher has requested the child be included.
During the Conference
Be relaxed. Remember as you listen to the teacher that both you and the teacher want to help your child succeed. Don't hesitate to ask questions, such as:
- Is my child working up to his/her ability?
- How does my child get along with other children?
- Is my child respectful of adults?
- What are my child's strengths and weaknesses?
- How can we help at home?
After the Conference
Stay in touch with the teacher. If you think of questions you didn't ask, please don't hesitate to write a note, email, or call. Talk with your child. Stress the positive things the teacher said. Follow-up actions include:
- Discuss the conference with your child, point out his/her strengths, and talk about the areas that need improvement.
- Start immediately on any action you need to take. Did the teacher recommend books for you or your child to read? Did he/she suggest a better arrangement for studying at home?
- Please call the school or email his/her teacher if you wish to check on your child's progress or if you think another conference is needed. Teachers value such interest on the parts of the parents.
Points to Remember
- You play an important role in the education of your child.
- A close partnership between parents and teachers helps your child get the best possible education.
- Praise your child's successes and work with him/her to help overcome weaknesses.