This tip section is about what to do during your parent-teacher conference. For starters, do your best to be on time for your interview. In order to fit everyone in, teachers have to stick to a fairly tight schedule during the interview hours. If you have to cancel your appointment, phone the school to let them know, and you can re-book for another meeting date.
After that, here are some tips to make the most of your interview:
Begin on a positive note. Mention something that your child enjoys about school or the particular classroom they are in.
Make sure that you check up on your child’s social interactions at school as well as their academic progress. Ask the teacher how your child gets along with others and if there is anything in particular that you should know about their social and emotional progress. Also, ask about your child’s work habits, behaviour, participation, and learning style.
Let the teacher know your child’s interests, hobbies, strengths, and areas where they need extra encouragement.
Refer to your list of questions to make sure that you haven’t left anything out.
Don’t hesitate to make notes while the teacher is talking so that you will remember what they said once you get home.
Ask the teacher about the classroom rules and discipline, homework procedures, and overall expectations for students.
It can be easy to get angry or defensive if the teacher raises problems. But try not to. Talking together about problems is the best way to make sure they are addressed before they grow bigger and that your child has the support they need to make improvements. Ask questions, share ideas that have worked for you at home and be an active part of planning new ways to make things better.
Ask the teacher what is the most important thing you can do at home to support your child’s learning.
End the conference on a positive note.