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Top 7 Tips for Parent/Teacher Conference

In August 26, 2014

As a parent, an upcoming parent/teacher conference can be very nerve-wracking. While you realize that these events are a great way to learn more about how your child is performing at school, it can be awkward to walk into that school building and sit down for a talk with someone who probably spends as much time each day with your child as you do. While you may not be able to relieve the stress completely, you can make the process a little easier—check out these tips and be prepared for your next conference!

    • Be Prepared –Show up at the conference having thought about the process ahead of time. Create a list of questions you want to ask, talk to your child about his or her concerns and otherwise prepare for the big day. By doing this, you will waste less time and be able to accomplish all your goals.
    • Ask Open Ended Questions – Instead of asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no, make sure your questions are open-ended. Instead of asking “Is my child doing well in math?” ask “What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses in math?”
    • Suggest a Plan of Action – At the end of the conference, start putting together a plan with the teacher to work on any concerns you both share. To accomplish anything significant, you may have to work through the office or administration.
    • Assure the Teacher You Are on the Same Team – Don’t come in to the conference with an attitude of “us” versus “them.” Make sure the teacher understands that you only want what is best for your child.
    • Ask to See Samples – Ask the teacher if you can see examples of your child’s work—especially if there is a problem with performance. Then, you can compare your child’s work to other work that is on grade level.
    • Talk About Non-Schoolwork Issues – Is your child dealing with any issues outside the classroom that means he or she may need to visit the counselor? Now is the time to work on non-schoolwork-related issues. When these are resolved, the school loves hearing that a parent wants to give back or wants to go the extra mile to make things better for his or her child. Be that parent who gives back!
    • Follow Up – The conference may only be a few minutes each year, but you can stay in touch with the teacher throughout the year and resolve these issues whenever they occur. Drop an email or text to reestablish contact ad make plans in that future.



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