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Brush-Up for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Parent-teacher conferences can be stressful for both parents and teachers, but these simple guidelines will make it an easy process.

With the school year coming to an end in the next couple of months, your spring parent-teacher conferences are on the horizon. Now that the year is almost over and you’ve established a relationship with your child’s teacher, you want to brush-up before you meet with them again. Parent-teacher conferences can be stressful for both parents and teachers, but these simple guidelines will make it an easy process.

Doing Your Homework

If you haven’t already, you should have a conversation with your child about school. Ask them how they feel about their teachers, studies, and friends. Some children are more forthcoming than others, but every child has something to share about school with his or her parents. Explain to your child that these meetings are designed to help him or her, and that the more insight your child gives you, the more productive the conversation will be.

During the Conference

As for any appointment, it is best to be on time or even a little bit early, just to for good measure. Most parent-teacher conferences only run for about 15 or so minutes, so make sure your conference doesn’t run over. Even the teacher can lose track of time, so be sure to check your watch or phone for the time. The last thing you want is to mess up the schedule and make things difficult for other parents meeting with the teacher. Always stay calm and remember to be yourself. Ask the most important questions at the beginning of the meeting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about aspects of the curriculum you don’t understand. Ask what you can do at home to reinforce the work your child does in school. Be gracious, thank the teacher, and shake hands while maintaining eye contact.

Following Up

Talk about the conference with your child. Make a point to point out the positives, and be direct about any problems you touched on. Don’t be afraid to keep in touch with your child’s teacher, even toward the end of the school year. They want to hear from you and know about your child’s progress at home.

 

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