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How to Prepare for a Positive Parent Teacher Conference

A parent’s relationship with their child’s teacher is critical to academic success.  Spring ISD encourages parents to participate in conferences with their child’s teacher so that they will know what’s going on in the classroom. In preparation for the conference, we’ve compiled a few important tips to help make your conference successful.

Be Available.  This is a great opportunity to learn about your child’s progress in school.

Be Prepared.  Write 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 or her life at home.
  • Questions about your child’s progress.

Ask Important Questions. Don’t be afraid to engage in a conversation with your child’s teacher.  Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success.  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 his or her ability? Where could he or she improve?
  • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?

Be Open to Feedback.  Try not to get offended or angry if a teacher delivers bad news about your child.  Listen first, then talk.  Thank the teacher for bringing up a problem and discuss ways in which you can solve it together.  A good parent-teacher relationship can help everyone better support your child’s learning.

Initiate the Action Plan.  After the conference, start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher created.  Discuss the plan with your child and track his or her progress.  Stay in touch with your child’s teacher and keep the lines of communication open.

Taken from the National Education Association website, www.nea.org, and Parent Toolkit, www.parenttoolkit.com