Meeting with a teacher can forge a partnership that helps your child make the transition into the teen years less stressful. Parents and teachers meet for a variety of reasons throughout the school year - concerns about grades, behavior issues, routine chats, participation in sports, etc. Whatever the reason, it is important to remember that you and your child's teachers are partners in supporting your child's academic, social, and emotional development. This partnership nurtures your child so he/she can reach his/her goals.
To prepare for a conference, it is helpful for a parent to talk about the conference or meeting with your child ahead of time. You might ask about your child's favorite subjects, friendships, likes and dislikes, impressions of the school climate. Jot down a few questions you might have to make the best use of everyone's time.
Questions might include:
- What skills and concepts has he been learning?
- Is my child engaging and participating in class activities?
- How is he preforming on tests and projects?
- If he is acquiring skills quickly/slowly, how can we support his learning? Tutoring? Enrichment?
- Are there ways that I might support his learning in your class?
Share updates on any special circumstances your family might be experiencing - a move, a separation or deployment, loss of someone important to your child, etc. While families might be reluctant to share personal information, those events often impact students and their successful participation in school.
Keep an open mind and listen to teacher suggestions remembering that you are partners in your child's success.