Remember… You are your child’s best advocate!
*one more time*
You are your child’s best advocate!
You have known your child their entire life. You were their first teacher and continue to be! So here is what you need to know to have a successful parent teacher meeting.
10 Tips For Parent Teacher Conference
Things to keep in mind during your conference:
Your main goal during a parent teacher conference is to make sure your teacher understands that you are in a partnership with them and want to do everything at home to support your child’s needs. Above all else, treat them as a professional! Be respectful!
2. Be Specific
Be specific with the teacher. What are your concerns? Take a list with you so you don’t forget.
3. Time Constraints
Usually teachers will only be able to allow about 15 minutes for a parent teacher conference. This is to get all 25+ sets of parents through the class. The teacher is generally averaging about 6+ hours of conferences. If your list of concerns or questions is really long, a good idea is to email it to the teacher beforehand.
4. Sample of Work
You can ask to see a sample of an average child’s work for comparison. It’s just good to have a reference.
5. Continued Communication
One conference in November does not need to end your communication. Contact them as often as needed.
6. Home Life
Let the teacher know when changes are happening at home, email works well.
7. Follow Up
After the parent teacher conference, if you feel you still have unanswered questions, contact the teacher again. Do not go over the teacher’s head immediately. It helps to document your interactions, so that if you need to talk to the principal or guidance counselor you’ll be prepared.
One friend suggested asking about your child’s character. This may include lying, tattling, talking back, manners, respecting adults, etc. I think this is valuable and served me well when the teacher called to tell me about a small issue at school.
Ask questions that need more than a yes or no answer. Example: What kind of social interactions do you notice at school?
10. The One Question
You should feel that you are in a partnership with your child’s teacher. It shouldn’t be an us vs. them type of scenario. The best question to ask: “How can I best help YOU to help MY child?”
What is the ONE question you want answered at a parent teacher conference?
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