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What Shall I Do – Parent Teacher Conference

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 2010

whatshallSchool achievement and self esteem for your child correlates with how closely, YOU, the parent(s) participate in the education process.

Some schools value parent involvement by providing numerous opportunities for parents to interact with each other, with teachers, and with students.   Some schools seek the involvement by allowing parents to share responsibility for operating the schools along with the teachers, and community members.  This is called “school based management.”  Your involvement occurs with sitting on committees that govern your child’s school or by joining the parent teachers’ association.

This involvement should not only include YOU, but non custodial parents, stepparents, grandparents or any other adult(s) in the life of the child.

Parents need to encourage school to involve them as much as possible, even if it is outside of the workday.

Within the whole process of parent contact with the school, the parent teacher conference is the barometer of how your child is doing.  Therefore parents should be prepared before going into the conference, and have a clear understanding about what YOU want to get out of the conference. Therefore:

Go in prepared

1.  Make a check list that covers the 5(w) and an (h) who what when where why and how

2.  Questions under the WHO can include: is my child working on grade level, above or below; does my child ask questions when in doubt; does my child listen to directions?

3.  Suggested questions under WHAT might include: what are my child’s strengths, weaknesses, special talents; are outside activities interfering with schoolwork; is my child awake in school; is there a change in behavior or work habits; is a change needed in choice of friends or work habits; if my child is having trouble is it because of a need for remedial work; does my child need help from myself and if so what; do study habits need improving, which ones and how does this get done?

4.  Suggested questions under WHEN could be is homework turned in on time; is class work completed in class and if not why; when will the next conference be?

5.  Suggested questions for WHERE; is it better for my child to study in school or at home?

6. Suggested questions under WHY; does my child seem to need more attention than others of the same age, and if so why?

7.  Suggested questions under HOW could include how does my child handle stressful situations; how does my child do in test situations; how much time should my child be spending on homework each night; how can work with my child be done without exerting too much pressure?

8.  At the end of your conference recheck your check list to see if everything has been answered

9.  If there are any problems in any area, set up a time to follow up and discuss any problems

10.  Finally, if you disagree with anything and cannot resolve it with the teacher, let the teacher know that you disagree and are requesting a conference with the principal and others associated with your child.

These are some suggestions.  Add more as you put your lists together.  Above all, remember your preparation supports your child. Look at other information to get further ideas such as that noted below.


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