Let's have a conference! Teachers are professionals who understand the developmental and emotional needs of children. For about 180 days a year, 7 hours a day, and 5 days a week, teachers interact, observe, and track students' academic performance and behavioral changes while in our care. We, parents and teachers, sit on the same side of the table; we share a common goal: the overall growth of the whole child. Hear tips and stories from teachers that may help you gather a better understanding of students, from their teachers' perspectives. There are some things you really need to know.
What to do in a Parent Teacher Conference:
Research has shown that parental involvement is the most important factor in a student's success in school.To get ready for the conversation, look at your child's homework, tests, and progress reports before the conference. A parent–teacher conference is a great opportunity to:
- begin or continue ongoing conversations with your child's teacher
- learn how to help your kids at home do their best at school
- help your child understand he parent and school collaboration
Tips to You:
- Know the school's policy for scheduling a conference.
- Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.
- It is recommended to include your child in the conference. If we discuss any challenging behaviors or academic shortcomings, the student is right there ready to help make a plan to improve it. If the conference is praise, it's great for your child to hear what a great job he or she is doing.
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4. Bring a notepad and pen to take any notes that need to be reviewed later. Some meetings can be overwhelming, especially if there is any missing assignments that must be made up. You won't be able to remember everything. (Note: most teachers take notes and will print them out for you of the discussion.
5. Because teachers rarely provide their personal number, get their email addresses to stay in constant contact.
6. Ask the teacher what can you do to ensure your child is performing his or her best.
7. Ask for any diagnostic assessment data and to break down the meaning.
8. If you don't understand, don't be hesitant to ask. You haven't been in grade school in ages so we understand the information may be foreign to you.
9. Be open to what teachers have to say. Teacher feedback is pertinent to gather enough information to change your child's undesired situation into a more positive one, or to maintain the positivity.
10. Watch the video below!