‘Tis the season! Your child has a few weeks of school under his belt, and it’s time for an in-person progress report. The parent-teacher conference!
As much as your child’s teacher would love to spend hours discussing your child’s talents and needs with you…there just isn’t time. So you must make the most of the limited time you have. Be prepared and do your research ahead of time.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite articles outlining the best questions to ask during your parent-teacher conference. Read through and choose the best ones for you and your child.
Show up prepared, ready to listen, and with a positive attitude. Your child’s conference is bound to be a win-win for everyone!
Debbie Shiabu, executive director of the Association of Private Schools; Anne Davis, education contributor for the parenting blog We Know Stuff; and Justin Baeder, director ofThe Principal Center, provide expert advice on effective questions to ask at your next parent-teacher conference.
To make the most of this opportunity, Sylvan Learning shares ten important questions to ask during a parent-teacher conference. The goal is that by asking these questions, you will get a better understanding of how your child is doing in school and the values and beliefs of your child’s teacher, which will both be extremely valuable as the school year continues.
For students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family. Edutopia suggests questions to better clarify what’s happening in the classroom, and then help you decide on the right plan action at home to truly support the learning of your child. Many of these questions are rarely the subject of parent-teacher interactions, but — well, that’s kind of the point.
To help you make the most out of these parent-teacher meetings, The Stir talked to school administrators and other experts about the questions they’re dying to hear you ask, and why they’re so key to helping your child thrive at school.