Conquer Parent Teacher Conference Jitters and Ensure a Positive and Productive Meeting
Parent Teacher Conferences are a necessary part of academic success. Conferences give teachers and parents an opportunity to team up for the betterment of the child.
But conferences can be scary for parents. Parents weren't given a guide on how to successful meet with teachers. They don't know what they should or shouldn't do or what they should or shouldn't say. And if there are any issues with the teacher or school, conferences have an extra layer of fright to them.
However, there's no need to be afraid of a conference. Just the simple fact that you are engaged enough to attend a conference shows your child's well being is a priority for you. You may not say or do the perfect thing, but your effort will pay off in the long run.
Here are some tips for reducing conference stress and ensuring that the meeting is a huge success!
Consistently stay abreast of what's happening with your child at school so you're not cramming at the last minute to figure out what's going on. It's a good idea to make note of questions and concerns as the school year progresses. This can be as simple as sticking a piece of paper on the fridge and jotting your questions or concerns on the paper as they arise.
Prepare Questions and Concerns
If you haven't started your ongoing question and concern sheet, now is the time to write everything down. While you may be able to think of these things at home, once in the meeting it's easy to forget. To make sure you get the information you need, write it down! Write down questions about things like your child's academic and social progress, the school, the classroom procedures, testing, and etc.
Be Open Minded
You may hear things about your child that surprise you. Some of it may be negative and that's a difficult pill to swallow. Assume that the teacher wants what's best for your child and is only sharing negative information so that those issues can be worked on and ultimately fixed.
Express desire to work with the school for the success of your child. When it comes to a child's success in school, teachers, parents, and even the community have to work together to support the child.
Write down what is said so you can review it later. There is usually a lot of information being given. It may be difficult to keep up or completely understand all of it. Taking notes allows you to review the information at your own pace to be sure you understand everything.
Get contact information for any follow up questions
You've asked your questions and taken your notes, now you'll head home to review and process it all. Ask for the best contact method for any follow-up questions you may have. This opens the door for communication and shows the teacher your commitment to staying engaged in the educational process.
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