During this Thanksgiving Break, parent teacher conferences are happening at our schools! These school conferences can be something to look forward to, and most parents feel a little bit of anxiety about these meetings. Knowing the right questions to ask can help make you as the parent feel more supported during the conference.
Some questions to come prepared to ask:
1. May I tell you a little about my child and how they learn best? You are the only expert on your child, and the teacher wants to hear your knowledge.
2. How is my child doing socially? As your child gets older, knowing their friends and favorite things becomes more important. They may act differently socially at school than at home.
3. In what specific areas can I help my child improve? Ask the teacher to be specific. The teacher may assume you know what she means by comprehension or vocabulary, but you should feel free to ask for more details if you aren't sure how to help them improve.
4. What do these assessment results really mean? Maybe you are looking at NWEA/MAP or PARCC scores. They may not make much sense. Be prepared to ask to have them explained. The teacher will be happy to do so.
5. What do you see as my child's strengths? Finding out what your child does well can help you harness that strength to improve weaknesses. Things your child does well at home may be different than those at school.
6. How can I help? Simply asking the teacher regarding your child's work, volunteering, fundraising, or attending school functions will help build report with the teacher.
For more ways to have a successful parent teacher conference, see the link below.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.