What Should You Ask at Parent-Teacher Conferences?
How to be prepared for this invaluable insight into your child's life at school.
When you arrive at a parent-teacher conference, it's a good idea to bring a list of questions that you’ve prepared in advance. Here are a few to get you started:
How is the class organized?
What is the daily routine?
Has my child shown any special interests or abilities?
Does she need more work in any specific area?
Does my child work well on her own, or does she need close supervision?
What do you expect of me as the parent of a child in your class?
How can I help my child learn at home?
During the conference, listen to what the teacher tells you about your child and ask questions about things YOU can do to help improve your child’s education. If you work together, everyone will be happier and more importantly, your child’s chances of success in school will improve considerably.
There is always the possibility that you might hear something about your child that makes you unhappy or disappointed. Most teachers try to convey any negative behavior patterns or spots where improvements are needed in as gentle and as positive a manner as possible. Nevertheless, we still might feel defensive. But remember, teachers are there because they want to be there. They want to see your child grow, flourish, and become educated. Pay attention and work together to figure out ways to help your child.