Parent-Teacher meetings, a podium for fruitful association between parents and teachers, are held with the sole perspective of focusing on the student’s progress. A parent–teacher conference is a time when the most important people in a student's life, the parents, can talk about how that student is doing in school. Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to discuss any difficulties (either academic or behavioral) a child might be having at school. It’s a chance for the parent to ask questions about the class or their child's progress. It is also a time for the parent and the teacher to work together as a team to discuss ways they both can help the child do better. Whether the child is in elementary, middle, or secondary school, parent-teacher conferences are important
Certain do’s that could make a Parent-Teacher meeting work for your child are:
Talk to your child—
-Find out which subjects your child likes the best and the least. Ask why.
-Ask if there is anything your child would like you to talk about with the teacher.
-Help the child understand that you and the teacher are meeting to help him or her.
-If your child is in middle or high school, you may want to include him or her in the conference.
Make a list—
-Before you go to the meeting, make a list of topics to discuss with the teacher.
-Along with questions about academics and behavior, you may want to talk to the teacher about the child's home life, personality, concerns, habits and hobbies, and other topics that may help the teacher in working with the child.
-Questions you ask during the conference can help you express your hopes for the student's success in class and for the teacher.
-Ask the most important questions first as you may run out of time, especially if other parents are waiting to have their conference after yours. You can always schedule another meeting with the teacher to cover any points you didn't cover.
-The teacher's answers should help you both work together to help your child.
Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand-
-Listen carefully to what the teacher says. If you don't understand something that the teacher talks about (such as an educational term or an explanation of a school policy), don't be afraid to ask for clarification.
-It is important for you to understand what your child's teacher is telling you.
Respectfully discuss differences of opinion-
-If you disagree with the teacher, respectfully explain why you disagree.
-Discussing your differences with the teacher may help both of you find a more effective way to help your child.
Create an action plan-
-Ask your child's teacher for specific suggestions of ways that you can help your child at home with homework, reading, organization, routines, behavioral issues, etc.
-Make sure you understand the teacher's suggestions, and ask for clarification if you don't. This list of suggestions will become the action plan.
-Establish a way to keep track of the child's progress, as well as the best way to stay in touch with your child's teacher — through phone calls, emails, notes, or meetings.
-Review the action plan with the teacher as you end the conference to make sure that you both have the same expectations.
Talk with your child-
-Talk about the conference with your child. Emphasize the positive points, and be direct about problems that were discussed.
-If you and the teacher created an action plan, explain it to your child. Make sure that your child understands that you and the teacher created this plan to help him.
Start working on the action plan-
-Set the action plan in motion. To ensure that it is working, check your child's behavior and schoolwork on a regular basis.
-Ask your child how he feels about school and his schoolwork.
Keep in touch with the teacher-
-Stay in touch with your child's teachers. This will help you strengthen the parent-teacher partnership, and will be an important part of the child's success in school.
-When a child sees that parents and teachers are working together, the child will understand that his/her education is a top priority at school and at home.