Conferences are an important time in your child’s schooling. We don’t always get to talk to parents about their child and this gives us the perfect opportunity to do so. It lets us show you not only do we know about our class as a whole, but we also know your child on an individual level as well.
We get to tell you all of your child’s favorite things (and sometimes not so favorite things). Their strengths and weaknesses. We, as teachers of this school, strive to know our classrooms on a group level but also on an individual level. This is how we follow the child!
This is a time for you as a parent to hear about your child on a more personal and individual note. Since it is such a short amount of time, it is important that not only the teacher should be prepared, but also you as the parent. Some things to keep in mind for your conference :
1. Bring your questions and notes. It is important you bring any questions you might have about your child. It’s up to you to decide what is the most important things you want to know about your child in the classroom. This is also a good time to bring up things that could affect your child (i.e changes at home, concerns, etc). Coming prepared helps the conference go smoothly and you don’t leave wishing you had asked something you didn’t.
2. Prioritize the questions. List your questions by importance. Don’t ask your most important question during the last 5 minutes of conference. You won’t get the answer you’re looking for.
3. Be respectful. A teacher and parent may not always see eye to eye on things. Listen to what your child’s teacher has to say and also express what you have to say. Yelling and disagreeing in an inappropriate manner doesn’t help anyone, least of all your child. Be open to what the teacher has to say about your child- we do have their best interest in mind. We are always open to what you, as a parent have to say about your child. You are the one who knows them the best!
4. Be on time. For a teacher, there is nothing more stressful than a parent that is late. We understand things happen but really try to make an effort to be on time. We have such a short time and sometimes packed schedule, lateness will affect not only the teacher, but all the other families after you.
5. Stay calm and relax. We know conferences are stressful on parents. We can probably guess most of the questions that will run through your head the night before (and 5 minutes before) a conference. We are here for you, your family and your child. We want to help your child grow and thrive, just like what you want for them.
We want conferences to be a pleasant and comfortable experience for our families. We hope that we can provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for all of you to enjoy your Parent-Teacher Conferences.