School of any level is an important part of life; this is especially true for those just entering primary school or high school. A key ingredient in helping to assure that your child’s educational career is successful and he or she is getting the best education they can receive is for you, the parent, to be actively involved in every aspect of their schooling; this includes attending and playing an active role in Parent Teacher Conferences.
Take Notes: Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences
We all know that life gets busy and as parents, your life is especially busy with making sure that you are in a million places at once for as much as it is possible. Many parents find it hard to be in all the places they are needed and will often times overlook the places they are needed the most; it because of this, some parents will believe that as long as their child is getting good grades or at least passing, there is no need to attend every single parent teacher meeting or be watching over their child’s schooling like a hawk. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Tip #1: Make Your Presence Known
While you may see your child is doing their homework and their grades are maintained at a passing level, there may be something you are not aware of. By making your presence known at every conference held with your child’s teacher, you are staying in the know on not only how well your child is doing in school but if there is something that needs attention. To get those most of these meetings and to give your child the best ability to reach their full potential, these meetings will help more than you could ever imagine.
Tip #2: Be Prepared
There are several ways to prepare yourself for each and every parent teacher conference you will ever attend. First, do your homework. What does this mean? Essentially, not every child will be as forthcoming as parents might think and with it, you need to be active in communicating with both your child and his or teacher. The more you talk with both, the teacher and your child, the more you will be better able to prepare to help your child and to be aware or what to expect at the parent teacher conferences.
Tip #3: Ask Questions
By asking important questions or even not so important questions, you can better understand what the needs are of your child and teacher; giving both your child and his or teacher a better way of working together. You, as the parent, will also gain something from this tip as well. Your child will be better able to communicate with you and it will make home life less stressful. Here are some questions to help get you started.
- What strengths and weaknesses does my child have?
- How well does my child get along with his or her classmates?
- Is my child working to his or her ability? Where could he or she use improvement?
- What can be done at home to support what is being done in the classroom?
Tip #4: Discuss the things you share with the teacher about your child and his life at home
Often times issues in the home can and will begin to affect a child and their school life; it is because of this that you may want to give your child’s teacher a heads up in the even that your child begins to exhibit behavior that is not normal for him or her in school or if their school work begins to suffer.
It is important that your child’s teacher know as much as necessary so that he or she can potentially counteract it so that it does not have a negative effect on your child’s work.
Tip #5: Have Open Communication about your Child’s Progress
What does this mean? Parent Teacher Conferences are not the only times you can meet with your child’s teacher. Now teachers are giving parents different ways for parents to contact them. With more ways to communicate to each other, you are better able to work as a team for the good of your son or daughter.
In many cases, having these different forms of communication, both parents and teachers are able to quickly initiate a plan of action to better give the child a better chance at their educational success.
More and more children are facing different obstacles that make getting a good education much more difficult than it really is or should be. By having parents and teachers come together with a strong determination of getting and keeping children’s’ focus and on the path of success in their education, the better chances they have at having a better life later on.