Relative to the list below please share with your child’s teacher any information that may affect your child’s success in the classroom. Information is confidential and will be used to assist your student’s progress.
– Health problems – Attitude towards school
– Family problems/relationships – Emotional problems
– Cooperation – After School Activities
– Hobbies and interests – Friendships
– Responsibilities – Successes and failures
At the conclusion of the conference the teacher should have shared with you the following information about your child.
– Abilities – Activities
– Attitudes towards school and other children – Work habits
– Successes and failures – Citizenship traits
– Samples of work – Tests and records
– Grouping in classes – Recommendations
Good communication between the parent and teacher is essential. The Parent-Teacher Conference is the perfect place to start.
Before each conference MAKE A PLAN!
• Make a list of things you want to tell the teacher about your child so that the teacher can better understand the child.
• Make a list of what to ask the teacher about your child. Any complaints? Ask your child what he would like you to discuss with the teacher. Homework? Tests? Attitude?
• If only one parent can attend the conference, ask for your spouse’s ideas and suggestions before you meet with the teacher. Make a list for easy reference.
• Don’t bring the child with you unless requested. Also, don’t bring brothers or sisters. Please make arrangements for a babysitter.
• Be on time. Write down the time and place of conference so you won’t forget.
Toward the end of the conference REVIEW WITH THE TEACHER ACTION POINTS THAT WILL HELP YOUR CHILD!
• Remedial work
• Study habits
• Revised goals
• Better understanding
• Outside reading
• Credit for strengths
• Outside help in weaknesses
• Discuss what the parent-teacher responsibilities are
AFTER THE CONFERENCE
• If your spouse did not attend the conference, tell him or her what was discussed and review your notes and results.
• Discuss the conference with your child. Be sure to stress the positive strong points brought out by the teacher. Discuss the suggestions for improvements and new goals.
PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES. YOUR CHILD WILL BENEFIT FROM YOUR INTEREST AND INTERACTION WITH HIS TEACHER.
Are you prepared to talk to your child’s teacher?
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to student achievement and recognizes the important connection between parent involvement and student learning.
Parents are children’s first and most important teachers.
10 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher
1. What are my child’s strengths and weakness?
2. What has my child learned in math, science, social studies, and language arts in the last six weeks? What will my child be learning within the next quarter?
3. How is my child doing compared to his potential and the norm at his grade level?
4. Can you show me some samples of my child’s work over this last quarter?
5. What is my child’s reading level? How is it measured?
6. Does my child complete work on time?
7. How is my child’s attitude in class?
8. How does my child relate to other children in the class?
9. What specific activities can we do at home to help my child’s progress?
10. What can I do to help keep the lines of communications open from home to school throughout the year?