The first quarter of school is almost over and thoughts are turning to the first, and perhaps only, parent-teacher conference. Many of you with older children have walked this path before, but if this is your first parent teacher conference you may not know what to expect. Your child’s teacher will be sharing results of baseline assessments both standardized and informal that have been done on your child this quarter , share samples of your child’s school work and talk about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. You and your child’s teacher will together develop goals for your child to work towards in the upcoming 2nd quarter of school. Most school allot 15 or 20 minutes for this conference and believe me, that is not much time, so you have to prepare your questions ahead of time if you want to get the most from this conference.
Here are some sample questions:
- Is my child developing as he should for his age?
- What can we do at home to reinforce skills learned at school?
- What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- How can we develop our child’s weak areas?
- Does my child participate in group activities?
- What is he like in class?
- Is he a leader or a follower?
- How does my child interact with the other children?
- Is my child on track for mastering the skills needed to complete Kindergarten?
Children are more likely to succeed in school if they know that their parents and teachers are working together cooperatively.