Tips For a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

It’s that time again… Parent Teacher Conferences!  Stressful for some, a joy for others.  Whatever your situation, Within Reach Learning Center wants you to have a successful meeting with your child’s teacher.  Here are some tips for a fantastic conference…

Prepare questions in advance.  Is my child finishing the work assigned in class?  The most important question of all is “How can I help my child at home?”

Be specific.  Bring with you any work that is of concern.  Describe clearly any situations in the classroom that make your child uneasy.  Ask the teacher to describe your child’s strengths and weaknesses.  Ask to see your child’s work.

Exchange information.  Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s school work, such as a death in the family, a new baby, or a change in daycare arrangements.

Start with a positive attitude.  Don’t waste valuable conference time by focusing on the negative.  You and the teacher are a team.  Positive comments such as “How can we solve this problem working together?” will be the first step in coming up with good solutions.

Discuss the whole child.  Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic success.  Include questions about her interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions.

These tips are just a starting point.  The most important thing is to focus on good, positive communication with your child’s teacher.  Visit the website for more suggestions.

Within Reach Learning Center would love to hear your feedback… how do you prepare to meet with your child’s teacher?




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