REMINDER: There will be NO SCHOOL for students Tuesday, November 6. Instead, schools will be hosting parent-teacher conferences that day. Here are a few things parents may want to keep in mind.
These conferences are a way for parents to meet their child’s teachers and set the stage for a successful school year, so it’s helpful to have some goals in mind. WCS Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Assessment David Allen has some tips for parents as they prepare.
Before the Conference
Before the conference, find out which subjects your child likes the best and the least and ask why. Ask if there is anything your child would like you to talk about with the teacher. Help your child understand that you and the teacher are meeting to help him or her. Then, make a list of topics/questions to discuss with the teacher.
During the Conference
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s a good idea to ask the important questions first, in case time runs out. Listed below are six questions for parents to consider as they make the most of this time with their child’s teacher.
What content and skills will my child be expected to master this year and how can I help?
Is my child working to the best of his/her ability?
How do you evaluate students? Do tests, attendance and homework all count toward grades?
Does my child seem happy and engaged in school?
What is your preferred method of communication with parents?
How can I best support my child’s learning at home?
After the Conference
After the conference, parents are encouraged to stay in touch with the teacher. If you think of a question you didn’t ask, contact the teacher. Tell your child about the conference, stressing the positive things the teacher said and suggestions for improvement. Plan with your child how to make the school year a successful one.