Here's How You Can Get Ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Byline: Pam Baert
Parent-teacher conferences - a time during the school year that for kids means time off from school, for teachers means preparation and for parents means an update on the first six weeks of school.
Today and Friday in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, parents will be meeting with teachers. But for these meetings to be productive, parents need to do their share of preparation.
A search on the Web offers some tips:
- First, all sites emphasize being on time for the conference. The reason is obvious - you are not the only one having a meeting with the teacher.
- Because time is short, brainstorm questions ahead of time to ask at the conference. Then pare down the list. Examples are: What do you see as my child's strong subjects? What does my child need to work on? How can I help my child more? How does my child act in the social setting?
Bring this list. And bring a pen so you can note what the teacher is telling you.
- Don't be afraid to say "I don't understand," or ask about a school or classroom policy. If you notice your child having problem in school or if the teacher mentions an area that needs work, ask how you both can work on this together. …