NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Parent-Teacher conferences are an opportunity to learn more about your child’s learning style and progress. Parenting coach Chrissy Khachane shares the best tips to prepare for the parent-teacher conference.
A good conference is a two-way exchange of information, as teachers learn from a child’s parents as well so they can do a better job in meeting his/her needs.
Some tips for planning ahead of time:
- Ask yourself some questions. What are my child’s strengths? Is there anything he/she needs help with? Don’t hesitate to tell the teacher any special concerns you might have.
- Be ready to really listen. Teachers get to see children in a group setting, something parents can’t often do. You might hear about skills or characteristics you never knew your child had. If, however, the teacher tells you something that worries you, or if there are terms you don’t understand, be sure to ask for more information. Take time to process the feedback from the teacher before reacting and, if needed, set up a follow up appointment to revisit any topics that were discussed.
- Be prepared to plan together. If some action is needs to be taken to help your child, you and the teacher will figure out what needs to be done together. Offer suggestions and ask what you can do at home. Establish a means for more frequent communication (e.g. weekly email update or daily journal message) if necessary.
- Lastly, remember to talk with your child’s teacher with the knowledge that you are both members of the same team with one goal in mind: the best possible school experience for your child.
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