You will receive a conference schedule from your child’s teacher. Please confirm your conference or contact the teacher to schedule a convenient time to come in. Please note, there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, Oct. 30th.
Parent/Teacher Conferences Tips
Parent teacher conferences let you take part in your child’s education. Knowing what is being taught at school lets you reinforce school work at home and make a big difference in your child’s understanding, motivation, and school performance. It is also good idea to prepare questions in advance, especially if you have questions about a specific subject area. The most important question of all is “How can I help my child at home?”
A conference should not be confrontational. A parent-teacher conference is not an opportunity to list all the deficiencies you see in the teacher, the classroom, and the school system. Nor should it be a time when the teacher lists your failings as a parent and your child’s failings as a student. If there is a concern, be specific. Describe clearly any situations in the classroom that make your child uneasy and bring with you any work that is of concern. Start with a positive attitude and focus on your child. You and the teacher are a team. Positive comments such as “How can we solve this problem by working together?” will be the first step in coming up with good solutions.
The conference is an information exchange. You bring to the conference information about your child’s interaction with people outside of school, his home life, and previous experiences that might affect confidence or interest in school. Let the teacher know about any situation at home that may affect your child’s school work, such as a death in the family, a new baby, or a change in day care arrangements. The teacher brings information about your child’s interaction with others in school, performance on tests, and knowledge of learning strategies. Pooling your information gives you both a better picture of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and lets you develop an effective plan for helping your child succeed.