Preparing For A Parent/Teacher Conference
by Vicki Lansky
The parent-teacher conference can be a bit intimidating, especially if
it's your first one or your first with a new teacher. Remember that a
teacher's probably as nervous about meeting you as you are about meeting
with him or her. And even former teachers are often nervous when they're
placed in a parent role.
- Before you go, talk about the upcoming conference with your child.
Ask if there are any subjects that he or she wants you to discuss with
- Prepare a list of questions and concerns before you go to the
conference. Time is usually tightly scheduled, and you don't want to
- Basic topics that should be covered are achievement, behavior, peer
relationships, and self-esteem. You may also wish to discuss methods of
discipline. Tell the teachers of any unusual situations that may exist
at home, such as divorce or a death in the family.
- It is important to be prompt; you're going to be infringing on
someone else's time if you're not, and you won't get your own full
measure of time.
- Take a "what can we do" and "how can I help"
attitude if the teacher brings up a problem or even if your child seems
to be doing all right. You can help your child, but you can't make him
or her into a perfect child or a super student.
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Last modified: Oct 24, 1995