10 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

by: Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.
Parent-teacher conferences present an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is adjusting to the new school year and to get to know her teachers.

Here are some general hints on how to have a successful conference.

Young student sitting at desk smiling
Talk to Your Child
Ask your child if there is anything that he would like you to discuss with the teacher.
Father helping his young son with homework
Be Prepared
Jot down everything that you want to talk about at the conference.
Parent and teacher sitting in classroom talking
Be On Time
Arrive promptly or a few minutes early.
Teacher helping young student with schoolwork
Start Off on the Right Foot
Begin with positive comments about the teacher or classroom.
Student and teacher smiling in classroom
Stay on Track
Avoid lengthy discussions of topics that are not related to the purpose of the conference.
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Listen to What the Teacher Has to Say
Be open-minded to suggestions from the teacher.
Smiling student holding up good report card
Stay Calm
Keep your emotions under control.
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Tell Your Child What You Discussed
Take notes about what has been discussed to share with your child.
Happy boy holding up good report card
Show Gratitude
Express appreciation for the conference.
Teacher talking to her young students
Stay Within Your Conference Time
Do not stay beyond your allotted time.

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