Parent Teacher Conferences are coming soon to my school. They will be here at the end of the first 8 weeks of school. 8 weeks! I don’t know too many adults who would like to have an evaluation with their new boss after 8 short weeks yet we do it to small children when their parents and teachers come together to discuss them. I would prefer to have the conference mid-year, as I will have so much more information to discuss but this is when our school system requires the conference. Many of the teachers at my school send out a questionnaire for parents to fill out prior to the conference so that we know what issues the parents have on their minds and we can gauge our conference time accordingly. Many times the teachers get so busy talking about Reading Test Scores, class behavior, goals for the second quarter, etc. that we run out of time to answer any questions that the parents might have. The questionnaire helps us to prepare.
Here are the questions that our parents answer:
- How does your child feel about school?
- What subject does your child enjoy the most?
- What are your feelings about your child’s homework?
- What kind of homework assistance do you give?
- What schoolwork, if any, has your child expressed concerns about?
- What concerns, if any, do you have about your child’s interaction with teachers and or other students?
- In what ways, can I help your child?
- What other questions would you like to have answered at our conference?
This questionnaire lets my parents know that I want to hear their concerns and am willing to work with them in order for their children to have the most successful year possible. You might see if your child’s school has anything similar and if they don’t you could contact the teacher PRIOR to the scheduled conference and give him/her some topics that you would like to discuss at the conference.
I also have previously written a blog about Kindergarten parent teacher conferences: