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Parent Teacher Conferences
In addition to Open House and Back-to-School Night, all DoDEA schools encourage parents to meet with their child's teacher for parent-teacher conferences. If your child is attending a Non-DoD school you can also find information about parent-teacher conferences, Open House and Back-to-School Night on the school's website or by talking to your child's teacher.
Parent-Teacher conferences allow parents the opportunity to ask questions about their child's classes or progress in school. Parent-teacher conferences are a great way to discuss how parents and teachers can work together to help students perform at their best in school.
The following tips will help parents before, during and after their conference with their child's teacher.
Before the Conference
Schedule an Appointment
If you are going to a meeting that was scheduled by the teacher or school, ask before hand how much time you will have. If you will need more time or want to meet with the teacher again let the teacher know at the beginning of the meeting.
Talk to Your Child
Find out what your child thinks are their best and least favorite subjects and be sure to find out why they feel this way. Also, ask if there is anything your child would like you to ask the teacher.
Let your child know that the meeting between you and the teacher is to help them in school, that way they don't worry about the meeting. If your child is in middle or high school you may want to think about including them in the conference.
Create a List
Write down a list of questions, issues or concerns that you have for the teacher.
Some additional things to keep in mind to discuss with the teacher:
- Questions about progress
- How you, the teacher, and the school can work together to help your child
- Questions about the school's programs or policies
- Your child's home life, personality, concerns, habits and hobbies, and other things you feel the teacher should know about that might help in working with your child (e.g. transitioning to a new school, parent deployed, part-time jobs, a sick relative, religious holidays, music lessons, etc.).
Remember the Objective
Parents and teachers have common goals. They both want children to succeed and progress at a rate where they can take control of their own learning. While students learn in the classroom, that learning is reinforced at home with the parent.
Remember that teachers, just like you, want your child to succeed. This will help you put a better perspective on what the teacher says about your child.
The Day of the Conference
On the day of the conference you may only have 15-30 minutes to meet with your child's teacher so it's a good idea to ask your most important questions first, just in case you don't have enough time to address everything.
Here are just a few things that you may want to consider asking when you meet with your child's teacher:
About Your Child
What the Teacher Might Ask
Classroom Instruction and Assessment
Things you Might Want to Ask About
After the Conference: Follow Up!
Create an Action Plan
- After the conference begin putting the action plan that you and the teacher discussed in place.
- Including your child in the action plan is important. Be sure your child knows that both you and the teacher care about how he/she is doing in school.
- Stay in touch with the teacher (either through email or a phone call) to discuss your child's progress.
- Don't forget to express your appreciation to your child and the teacher as you start to see progress.
By working together with your child's teacher you can make this year a great school year.
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