Studies show that children whose
parents are involved in their education do better in school.
Parent-teacher conferences are important meetings for you to
attend. It's important for you to not only hear what the
teacher has to say about your child's progress in school, but
it's also an opportunity for you to share information that may
be affecting your child's performance in school. Your
child's teacher can also give you tips on how to help your child
with homework and be more engaged in school.
parent-teacher conferences a priority. Here are some tips
to help you make the most of your conference:
Talk with your child
before the conference about his or her favorite subjects and
activities in school. Let your child know that you will be
meeting with his or teacher. Ask if there are any concerns that
he or she would like you to discuss with the teacher.
Are there areas where your child
really shines and other that might need a little extra work?
Discuss both strengths and weaknesses with the teacher.
Be on time
for the meeting. Please be sure to let the teacher know as
soon as possible if you are unable to attend the scheduled
conference. Be sure to reschedule. Conferences last
about 15-20 minutes. If you need more time, do not
hesitate to ask the teacher for a follow-up session.
Keep an open mind
Don't get upset or angry if your
child's teacher discusses trouble areas. Remember that the
conferences are meant to help you understand your child's school
performance. Working together with the teacher will help
your child succeed.
Find out what you can do to follow
through at home. Decide together what you, your child, and
the teacher need to do to help your child succeed.
Tell your child
After the conference, discuss the
teacher's comments with your child. Remember to praise all
the things he or she is doing well and pass along the teacher's
compliments. If you need to, talk about areas that you and
the teacher will be working on to help your child improve.
In the days and weeks that follow, let
your child's teacher know that you are following through on what
was discussed and that you'd like to hear how things are
Remember that your
child's school and teachers welcome parent engagement all
year-round. Feel free to call and schedule a phone or
in-person conference any time you think there is a need.