Tip #1 Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:
- Any questions about the school’s programs or policies.
- Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his/her life at home.
- Questions about your child’s progress.
Tip #2 Ask Important Questions
Don’t be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child’s teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:
- What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- How does my child get along with classmates?
- Is my child working up to her ability? Where could he/she use improvement?
- What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?
- Tip #3 Initiate the Action Plan
Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track his/her progress. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year with regularly scheduled “report card” conferences that can keep the communication lines open.
- With Eagle Pride,
- Mrs. Q. Sanders