Oct 12, 2017

Preparation For Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Have you ever asked your child how their day at school was or about what they learned? Have you gotten one word answers like, “good,” and “stuff”? Well, luckily parent teacher conferences are approaching.

Chad Rice, principal at Heritage Elementary School, says parents should schedule a conference with their child’s teacher to help paint the picture of what your child is doing with their time when they’re not with you.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held on four different days in October. On Oct. 16, there will be no school for grades K-8 for conferences. The following day, Tuesday, Oct. 17, there will be no school for kindergarten students for conferences. On Oct. 19 and 24, there will be evening parent/teacher conferences for grades K-12.

“It’s good to meet with parents and to establish a bond,” Rice said. The meeting gives teachers the opportunity to say, “Here’s what I’m doing at school and this what you can do at home.” Teachers can provide parents with different tools to better help their children, Rice adds.

How can a parent be prepared for a conference?

“Ask questions,” advises Rice. “With a lot of terminology in education, people aren’t always familiar with it.” Teachers want to provide parents with as much information about what students are learning in the classroom.

When a teacher gives test scores, don’t be afraid to ask what the score means, what a typical score is, where your student should be score wise, and what is the goal for the end of the year. Be prepared to ask questions about data and terms you may not know, Rice encourages.

The goal of a parent/teacher conference is to give parents a good perspective and better insight about what their student is doing every day. The meeting provides parents examples of the “skills they’re acquiring as individuals as they’re growing into young adults,” Rice said.

With technology changing the way our children learn, a parent/teacher conference is a great tool to give parents ideas to align the learning environment at home with what their child is doing in school.

The National Education Association suggests parents ask the following questions:

  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • How does my child get along with classmates?
  • Is my child working up to his/her ability?  Where could he/she improve?
  • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?

For additional questions to ask about communication, progress, grading, and your involvement as a parent, visit this article. 

For more information about scheduling a parent/teacher conference please contact your child’s school.