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How to Prepare for a Parent/Teacher Conference

Parent/Teacher Conferences are a time to learn more about your child's performance during the academic year.  You may schedule a time to meet with your child's teacher at any time; however, for your convenience, the school system has scheduled two early release days on Friday, October 12 and Friday, April 5, to allow for parent-teacher conferences. 

Communication between you and your child's teacher is the key to your child's success.  Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for a successful conference.

 

TALK WITH YOUR CHILD:

  • Ask your child what they like best about the class; what they like least.
  • Ask them in what areas they feel most successful and what areas are causing them problems.
  • Ask your child what they would like you to discuss with their teacher.
  • Let your child know that after the conference you will talk with them about what the teacher had to say

THINK ABOUT QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER:

  • Is my child reading on grade level?  If not, why?
  • How much reading should my child be doing at home?
  • Is my child able to do the math that you expect for a student in this grade? If not, why?
  • Is my child completing the homework that he is assigned?
  • Does my child get along well with his classmates?
  • Is my child respectful in class?

SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD WITH HIS/HER TEACHER:

  • Changes in home life such as parents getting divorced, change of address, family illness, new sibling
  • Any medical or health needs such as allergies, asthma or seizures
  • Problems or concerns your child has talked with you about

CONFERENCE TIME:

  • Be on time - you want to have plenty of time to discuss your child.
  • Be open-minded.  Your child's teacher wants him/her to succeed just like you.
  • Don't be afraid to admit if you don't understand something.  Ask for more information.
  • Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in case the teacher needs to reach you.
  • Ask the teacher how they would prefer to be contacted - by telephone, email, etc.
  • Ask the teacher what resources you can have at home that would help with your child's education.

TALK WITH YOUR CHILD:

  • Tell your child the positive things his teacher said about him/her.
  • Let your child know if the teacher as any concerns.
  • Discuss any activities the teacher suggested your child do at home.
  • Contact your school's parent liaison to discuss resources that can be checked out of the school resource center.
  • Set up a plan of action to compete these activities.

This information is provided by the Bulloch County Title I Parent Involvement Program