Let’s Talk Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences create an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s life at school; their strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures. It is important to ask your child’s teachers detailed questions to get a good idea of your child’s progress at school. Uncertain of what exactly to ask? Here are 10 questions you should ask your child’s teachers:
The following questions will help you to make the most of your conference. You want to show the teacher how prepared you are and how much you care about the well-being of your child in school. Asking these questions will give you a better understanding on the teacher’s & school’s beliefs and will show you more about the ways in which your child is learning.
1. What do you see as my child’s strengths?
2. How does the school handle standardized testing and prep for those tests?
3. Is my child on grade level for reading? What about math, science, and writing? If not, how can I help my student improve?
4. What do you think are the academic challenges for my child?
5. How is my child doing socially?
Not only will it help to understand more about your child’s learning, but also help to build a connection with your child’s teacher. Due to the amount of time the teacher spends with your child, you want to make sure it’s a good fit. To ask more about how the teacher approaches specific situations, bring up these questions:
6. What would you do in the classroom if my child were struggling academically with something?
7. Can we talk more about your homework policy and how my child is doing with homework?
8. How do you support kids in their social development? For example, how do you address disagreements between students?
Remember to always keep your conference friendly and positive – after all, you and the teacher are a strong support system for your child, so establishing a healthy relationship will benefit their overall education. You want to be able to show the teacher that you’re willing to help progress your child’s education in any way you can and assist the teacher with anything they need. This comes from positive communication and a strong parental support system.
9. What can I do at home to support what you’re doing in the classroom?
10. How do you prefer to communicate with me? (Email? Phone? Text?)
Parent teacher conferences do not have to be nerve racking. Both you and the teacher are there to discuss how you can work together to make your child the most successful they can be. The incredible teachers at Saint Gregory’s School will help you understand every aspect of your child’s success and will continuously work with you to ensure your child is well cared for, challenged academically, and comfortable socially.
Are you interested in meeting with Saint Gregory’s School staff to discuss how your student could benefit from a private education? Schedule a tour with us today at our Loudonville campus!