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Parent & Teacher Conferences

Most school systems will regularly hold parent/teacher conferences. These conferences usually take place once or twice a year. However, teachers are generally more than happy to schedule a conference at any time during the school year at a parent’s request. Likewise, the teacher may ask a parent to come in for a conference if there is a special concern, or news about a child.

Parent and teacher conferences should be viewed positively. These conferences enable the parent to gain vital information about their child and how he or she is doing in school, both academically and socially. Conferences are also a time when a teacher can learn more about the child that is in his or her class.

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Benefits of Parent & Teacher Conferences

  • This is a time when parents and teachers discuss goals for the child. Parents and teachers can learn if they are both on the same page in regards to the child’s academic expectations--as well as emotional and social expectations.
  • This is a great time for the lines of communication to be opened up between the parent and teacher. Becoming familiar with the teacher will help to make the parent more comfortable in approaching the teacher if a problem or issue arises at a later date.

What to Do Before the Conference

  • Talk to your child to see if he or she has any special concerns or questions that he or she would like you to discuss or clarify with the teacher.
  • Make a list of things you would like to discuss. This will help a nervous parent who may forget a question he or she wants to ask.
  • On this list, you should put things in order of importance. If time is cut short, this will ensure that the most important issues were addressed.

Sample Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

  • Is my child working up to his or her potential?
  • Is my child being academically challenged?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses you have seen in my child?
  • Does my child participate in class or in group discussions?
  • How does my child interact with peers? Does he or she have any friends?
  • Does my child struggle in any particular subject?
  • Does my child turn in his or her homework on time?
  • Is my child respectful of you and others in authority?

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