Getting Everything You Can Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 15th, 2013by admin


Parent-Teacher ConferencesHaving to go to a parent-teacher conference every few months can seem like such a chore, and sometimes one wonders what they are really getting out of the experience.

It can be hard to find the time in your busy schedule to get in to a meeting with your child’s teacher. If your child is performing well in school and there are no issues, it might seem unproductive to have to sit with your child’s teacher when there is never anything new for him or her to tell you.

Yet you should do what you can to take advantage of educational materials and the opportunity and to learn as much as you can about your child’s teacher throughout the experience. Both you and your child’s teacher should be working together to pursue your child’s best interests.

The following are a few steps that will help you prepare for the parent-teacher conference and maximize the benefits that the occasion brings to your child’s school experience.

Go prepared– It’s important to make sure that- when you arrive at the parent-teacher conference- you are properly prepared for the occasion. You can make sure that you are prepared by dressing properly and by brainstorming a list of questions to ask your teacher during the conference. Show that you are very interested and concerned for your child, and make sure that your child’s teacher feels comfortable bringing up any issues or problems with you.

Be aware of the time commitment beforehand– You should do everything you can to arrive on time to the conference, and you must understand that it could take up to 20 minutes or a half hour of your time to get through the entire conference. Be patient if you have to wait for the teacher to finish with another parent before you, and make sure that you have arranged the conference for a time when you will not have any scheduling conflicts.

Put yourself in the teacher’s position– Being understanding is important. Remember that your child’s teacher is dealing with many different students and many different parents, so the entire ordeal is no doubt much less complicated for your child’s teacher than it is for you.

Be curious– Take an interest. You should be interested not only in the performance of your child, but also in the goals and methods of your child’s teacher. Showing that you are curious- even willing to expend monetary resources– about what goes on in your child’s classroom will put a good impression across and make the teacher feel more comfortable when communicating with you.

 

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