Friday, September 30, 2011

Tip #26: Be Prepared For Conferences

School has started and should be in full swing. Hopefully, you have met your child's teacher and had a short conference to inform him/her of any important information about your child, and letting the teacher know you are there for support. Very soon if not already, a teacher conference should be scheduled to let you know how your child is doing so far. It is very important to go to all conferences, and this brings us to tip #26.

Tip #26: Be prepared for conference with questions, concerns, and cooperative support.

A parent conference can be very intimidating. If you are prepared with questions and ready to help support the teacher in the success of your child school work, a teacher-parent conference can be less stressful. Below are somethings you should write down and get the answers to.

1. Leave all negative feelings at the door. Go in with a positive attitude with the objective of assisting the teacher to help your child meet success in the school year?

2.What are the teacher's priorities, objectives, and expectations for this grading period and the next?

3.How much homework is given and how much assistance does the teacher want from the parent?

4.If you find out there are some behavior concerns ask, "When does the behavior happen?" "Can we make some kind of behavior plan so that the behavior can be turned around?" "How can I help?"

5. In confidence share any changes or concerns that are going on in your child's life, so the teacher can understand and look out for any changes in behavior or mood.

6. Make sure you give and get contact information so you can stay in touch with one another.


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