Year of Success
THIS WEEK’S TIPS

HOW TO ACE THE PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE

One important way to help support your children’s educational journey is to stay connected with their teachers. The parent-teacher conference is a great opportunity to learn more about a teacher’s expectations, ask questions, and share information about your child’s strengths and interests.

To help you make the most of your next parent-teacher conference, follow these tips:

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TRACK YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS AHEAD OF TIME

Before a conference, spend a couple of weeks tracking how your kids are doing with homework, study time, and test scores. Pay attention to how long it’s taking them to complete school work and whether they are struggling in any particular subject.

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PREPARE YOUR QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE

A typical parent-teacher conference lasts 30 to 60 minutes. To make the most of your time, make a list of the topics you want to discuss with your child’s teacher. Don’t forget to take notes during the conference!

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BE ON TIME

Punctuality is not only respectful, but also sets a good example for your kids and demonstrates that you take their educational success seriously. Keep in mind as well that teachers often schedule back-to-back meetings, so if you arrive late, your session may get cut short.

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SHARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

Does your child love playing the piano? Or playing in a community sports league? Whatever your child’s interests may be, talking about them can provide the teacher with valuable insight into how they can support your child’s development.

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PARTNER WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER

Teachers are just like you and me — some are even parents. Create a positive connection, always keep the lines of communication open, and do not be afraid to reach out. Remember, you all want the same thing: your child to learn and succeed!