Whether you are attending your child’s first parent/teacher conference or his fifth, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to come prepared. Your child’s teacher has spent hours upon hours with your child and this is the time to get answers and help. Here are a few tips to help you be the prepared parent at your child’s next parent/teacher conference.
1. Fill out the surveys & questionnaires
If your child’s school provides a questionnaire to fill out prior to the conference, fill it out! This will help your child’s teacher prepare better for you and figure out the best way to utilize your time.
2. Read over the conference form ahead of time
The conference form you receive will help you get a picture of where your child is at and what goals he is reaching for. Teachers spend a lot of time preparing these forms so you are prepared for the conference, please review them.
3. Bring your questions
Prior to the conference, write down a list of questions/concerns/topics you want to go over with your child’s teacher. This will ensure you get the most out of your time.
4. Be mindful of the time
Chances are, your child’s teacher has a full schedule of conferences on your day and has to make sure to stay on time. You can help by keeping an eye on the time as well and save any unanswered questions for a future phone call or email.
5. Enjoy this one on one time with your child’s teacher!