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Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences

on October 21, 2013

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It is important for you to prepare for a meeting with your child’s teacher and help set the tone. Meeting time is limited, so go well prepared.

BEFORE THE CONFERENCE

  • Talk to your child to find out if there is anything you should know.
  • Review your child’s progress: report cards, progress updates, homework, or work sent home for your review. Note any special talents, or areas of difficulty.
  • Consider family circumstances and routines that may be affecting your young one’s behavior.
  • Make a list of questions and concerns.
  • Get a baby sitter for younger siblings!

DURING THE CONFERENCE

  • Tell the teacher what you want to know.
  • Give priority to areas of special concern.
  • Carefully, listen to what the teacher shares with you.
  • Find out what you can do to help your child meet the teacher’s expectations, and personal goals for him/her.
  • Thank the teacher for his/her concern, time, and effort on your child’s part.

AFTER THE CONFERENCE

  • Involve your youngster by sharing your parent/teacher discussion.
  • Offer to help your child to stay on track.
  • Volunteer in school or your child’s classroom.
  • Remind yourself that what happens after the conference is just as important as the meeting itself.
  • Keep in touch with your child’s teacher.
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