Most school systems offer Parent-Teacher conferences at the end of the first quarter of school. This is a time to discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to set goals for your child for the next quarter. Conferences usually last 15 or 20 minutes and believe me, they go very quickly. Go into your conference prepared to listen, talk about and ask any questions about your child. Please do not take valuable conference time talking about how this child is like, or not like other children at home. Concentrate on just this child. Also listen with an open mind. Your child’s teacher sees how your child behaves and learns with several other children (think at least 25 others!) and what you may hear may not be what you see at home where there are only a few other children, or perhaps, no other children. I have made a list of some questions that you could ask at your upcoming conference. Be an active listener, an active participant and you will have the best kind of conference. One that helps you to see where your child is developmentally and to learn how you can help him/her to progress to the next levels of achievement.
Great Questions to ask at Your Parent Teacher Conference
- Is my child developing as he should for his age?
2. 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/she taking an active interest in learning?
- How does my child interact with the other children?
- Is my child on track for mastering the skills needed to complete Kindergarten, or First Grade?
Children are more likely to succeed in school if they know that their parents and teachers are working together cooperatively