Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are great opportunities to learn how your student is progressing in school while also building rapport with teachers. Since conferences have to be kept short, one must be prepared in order to make the most of each minute. As you prepare for Parent-Teacher Conference Day in Florence 1 Schools which will be held on Friday, February 12th (elementary conferences 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; middle and high school conferences 2:00 p.m. -3:45 p.m.) here are some things to keep in mind:
Before the conference:
- Talk to your student about recent grades. What concerns and questions do you both have about them?
- Check your student’s homework yourself to see where his/her challenges are.
- Listen to your student talk about school so you can see things from his/her perspective.
- Write down your top concerns to take with you to the conference, so you don’t forget anything. Make sure to prioritize your concerns so you can be sure to address the most important ones.
During the conference:
- Let the teacher lead the discussion.
- Talk with the teacher about your student’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Be positive and open to suggestions!
- Ask how you can all work together to help your student, including how you will stay in contact about future progress.
After the conference:
- Talk with your student about what was discussed at the conference.
- Work with your student on a plan to address any issues that the teacher mentioned.