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Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

posted Feb 28, 2016, 12:45 PM by Julie Mayhew
Parent-Teacher Conference Night is coming soon, on March 17th from 5-8 pm. We are looking forward to sharing 
your child’s progress with you! Because appointment times are short, a little advance preparation can help you 
and your child’s teacher make the most of every moment! 

Start by talking to your child—let your child know that you are meeting with the teacher and ask how things are 
going in school. Ask if there is anything your child wants you to talk about with the teacher. Then, before the conference, think about
  • Any questions about the school’s programs
  • Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his/her life at home 
  • Questions about your child’s progress 
Some parents find it helpful to make a list of things they would like to discuss and questions they have.
During the conference, consider asking these questions:

  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses? 
  • How does my child get along with classmates? 
  • Is my child doing his/her best work? Where could s/he use improvement? 
  • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom? 

The teacher will most likely show you examples of your child’s work, which is the best way for you to see what 
your child is doing.

Remember that Parent-Teacher Conference night is just one opportunity to talk about your child’s school 
experience. If you have any ongoing questions or concerns, or if you feel that you need more time than is 
available on our busy conference night, feel free to ask your child’s teacher for another appointment. And, 
as always, if there is any way in which I may be of help, please do not hesitate to see me on Parent-Teacher 
Conference Night, or call/email at any time!

Julie Mayhew