The phrase “Parent-Teacher Conferences” can make even the best parent shiver in fear. Don’t worry, it isn’t usually that bad. This is an opportunity for the teacher to let you know what is going on with your child and for you to ask the teacher questions. By the first parent-teacher conference you should have some idea what your child has been learning, how well they are doing, and your child’s opinions on the teacher.
This is your opportunity to create a partnership with your child’s teacher. Teachers only have a limited amount of time, so preparing questions before time will help you keep your thoughts organized. Keep in mind that this is your chance to support your child’s teacher and make a plan to help your child succeed. Here is an overview list of questions to ask. You may need to be more specific for your child’s situation.
- Is my child finishing their assignments? Are the assignments accurate?
- What are my child’s strengths? Concerns?
- How much time should my child be spending on homework?
- Does my child have special learning needs? Are there special classes my child should be in?
- What are your class rules and expectations? How does my child do with these?
- Does my child have close friends? How well does my child get along with other students?
- What can we do at home to support classroom learning?
- What is the best way to keep in touch with you?
Additional questions for middle and high school students:
- How can I help my child to work independently and make the best use of time?
- How can I help my child prepare for high school?
- What courses should my child take to satisfy graduation requirements?