Getting to Know Your Child’s Teacher and Preparing for Your Parent Teacher Conference
- 18 May 2017
- Posted by: CDC
- Category: Parent Tips,
Having a positive and effective relationship with your child’s teacher will lead to a better understanding of your child’s strengths and needs. This information can lead to better outcomes for your child. Here are some suggestions on how to do this.
Establishing a rapport
- Introduce yourself, be warm and approachable
- Appreciate the teachers work and efforts
- Let your teacher know of any changes in circumstances at home as this may affect your child’s performance at school
- Be a resource to the school, see below
What you can do for the school
- Offer to be a school governor
- Offer to volunteer in the classroom once or more a week to help with activities or read a story, this can be in your child’s class or another class (this will help you get a feel for the school)
- Offer to volunteer at school events
- Support school events by attending
- Donate supplies
Preparing for the parent teacher conference
- Be on time
- Take along a notepad and pen
- Get your questions ready (see below)
- Be honest
- Write your questions down
- Ask anyone in your family or who helps your family if they have any questions
- Ask your child what they like best or do not like at school
- Be honest about your child’s abilities and know that children can be very different at home than school
- Be prepared to hear both positive and negative comments, not every child is an angel one hundred percent of the time
- If the teacher makes a negative comment about your child, try not to get defensive and ask how to deal with the issue
- Try not to compare your child to other children
Questions to ask
- How does my child get on with other children? Do they play with the same children?
- How does my child manage conflict?
- How does the teacher manage discipline?
- How is my child emotionally? E.g. happy, shy, quiet, boisterous
- Does my child ask questions? Does my child answer questions?
- What is the daily schedule?
- What strengths does my child have?
- What weaknesses does my child have?
- Does my child complete tasks on time?
- Is my child organised?
- Is my child where they should be in regards to literacy and maths?
- Is my child where they should be in regards to fine motor skills e.g. writing and cutting?
- Is my child where they should be in regards to gross motor skills e.g. sports
- Is my child doing their best?
- Does the teacher have any concerns regarding attention?
- Does the teacher have any specific concerns about my child?
- Is there anything that I can do at home to help my child at school? E.g. reading, organisational skills independence, managing behaviour.
- Does the teacher recommend any outside school support?
- Ask the best way to follow up with anything or how generally to correspond e.g. in person, email or telephone