Parent-teacher conferences are a time for you and your child’s teacher to spend some time together talking about how your child is doing in school, and discuss any concern that you or the teacher have. Being prepared ahead of time will help you get the most out of the meeting.
Before the conference
- Sign up for a time that works for you.
- If you need a translator, ask your child’s teacher if one will be there.
- Ask your child, what do you like best about school? Is there anything you’re having trouble with at school?
During the conference
Listen carefully and ask questions if you don’t understand something.
This is your chance to find out how your child is doing. Your child’s teacher will cover these topics; if she doesn’t, here are some sample questions:
- How is my child doing in reading?
- How is my child doing in math?
- What are his best subjects?
- Are there areas where he needs extra help?
- What should I know about homework?
- How much time should my child spend on homework?
- What can I do at home to help?
What if my child is behind?
- How can we help my child in areas that are hard for her?
- Are there programs at school that can help?
- What activities can I do at home to help?
What if my child is ahead?
- Is my child getting enough challenging work?
- Does the school have a program for gifted students?
- How can I get my child tested for it?
How is my child doing in general?
- Does my child get along with the other children?
- Does my child participate in class activities?
- How is my child behaving?
How can we stay in touch?
- When is a good time to talk with you if I have questions?
- How can I keep track of how my child is doing?
Sharing stories about your child can help the teacher understand your child better. If your child’s teacher is having trouble communicating with your child, or motivating her, share strategies you’ve tried that may help.
After the conference
- Talk to your child about how the conference went. Share the good things the teacher said about your child. Ask for your child’s perspective on any concerns the teacher had.
- Try the home activities the teacher suggested.
- Follow up with the teacher to make sure your child is getting the support she needs.
- Make sure the teacher knows how to reach you.
- Check in with the teacher regularly to ask for updates.