Making the most of parent/ teacher conferences is important to helping students to achieve the highest levels of success in the classroom and beyond. Conferences provide a great opportunity for parents and teachers to partner together to work as a team in support of the student. Sometimes it is beneficial for the child to attend the conference so they can also participate as a vital part of the conversation. Prior to the conference it can be helpful to have alist of information you, as a parent, want to be able to share with the teacher along with any specific questions or concerns you might have. You can also ask your son/ daughter if there is anything that you should ask about during the conference.
Here are some additional topics and questions you might want to address as a part of the conference:
- Does my child ask questions, volunteer answers and participate in class discussions?
- Does my child seem organized? Does he/ she come to class prepared?
- Is my child's homework completed thoroughly, accurately and on time?
- Is my child working up to his/ her potential?
- Is this class appropriate for my child's ability level?
- What classes would you recommend my child consider in this subject area next year?
- Does my child use class time wisely?
- How is my child's attendance - is he/she showing up every day on time?
- Does my child pay attention in class?
- Is my child respectful and courteous to teachers and classmates?
- Does my child appear to get along well with the other students?
- What are my child's strengths?
- What does my child need to work on (weaknesses)?
- What advice do you have to help my child maximize his/ her success in this class?