It feels just like yesterday when were preparing for the first day of school. The time year has come to prepare for parent teacher conferences. This is one of the most important times of the year for both students and parents. The parent teacher conference may set the tone for the entire school year. I think that it is beneficial as a parent, to be just as prepared as the teacher. I think that since you have a limited time to meet with the teacher, preparation is very important to get the most out of your one on one time. I believe that if you want to get the most out of your limited time with your child’s teacher you should maximize it with the following ten tips.
1. Schedule your appointment early-Schedule your appointment with the teacher at a time that is convenient for you and the teacher, by scheduling early you have the opportunity to make changes if your schedule changes or the teacher may have time to create room in her schedule to change in case of an emergency.
2. Write down questions-Writing down questions before the conference will help you as the parent address any questions or concerns about your child’s behavior, school work, interaction with other children, and his academic standing with other teachers.
3. Ask if you will have the opportunity to meet the other teachers-If your child has electives or specials that they attend on a weekly basis.
4. Bring a note pad and pen-Write down any notes on your child to help continue with the school year.
5. Ask if you can meet with the principal-Develop a relationship with the principal in case of any questions concerning discipline of your child beyond the classroom environment.
6. Stay in touch with teacher after the conference have any question-Ask your child’s teacher what is the best way to keep in contact with her if you have any questions email, phone number, or text message.
7. Ask your child how they are doing at school-Debrief with your child everyday ask about interaction in classroom, recess, cafeteria, and in other classes.
8. Check child’s homework folder-Be sure to check child’s communication and homework folder daily, to keep track of academic progress and to communicate with teacher.
9. Check child’s calendar for assignments, dates of upcoming events, any special projects, early dismissals, and holiday events.
10. Leave with a plan of action- Leave your parent teacher conference with a plan of action, with long and short term goals, and how you will measure progress. Have a clear idea of what is expected from the teacher, you as the parent, and from them.