Every school schedules parent-teacher conferences at least once a year in order to help parents understand how their child is progressing academically.
The meetings, which normally last from 10 to 30 minutes, help parents learn their child’s strengths and needs and serve as a vehicle for parents to work with their child’s teacher to help them do their best in school, according to Kidshealth.org.
Below are three things parents should know about parent/teacher conferences:
1. Keep track of your child’s schoolwork, tests, and report cards so you’ll be more prepared about what to expect at the conference. You’ll likely have questions. Think about them beforehand so you’re ready for the teacher before you go in. Often, parents don’t think to ask their child if they, too, have any questions, but doing so, and then bringing them before the teacher, can be helpful to your child’s success and happiness in school. Write them down, if necessary.
2. At the conference you should discuss grade level achievement, strengths, tests, progress reports, any challenges, or services that may help in your child’s particular situation. Make sure you listen carefully to your child’s teacher. He or she wants your child to succeed as much as you do. It’s important to note that you don’t have to wait until conference time to discuss any concerns you may have, notes Kids Health.
3. After your child’s parent/teacher conference it’s okay to contact his teacher regarding any further questions. Additionally, follow through on any suggestions and/or recommendations you child’s teacher may make to help your child achieve academically. Don’t forget to pass on positive comments the teacher made regarding your child, adds Kids Health. Positive reinforcement works wonders in building your child’s confidence, which, in turn, shows up in his performance.