How to prepare for the upcoming fall parent/teacher conferences
The fall conference is the perfect time to meet with your child's teacher face-to-face, and we understand it can be full of tension and anxiety with all the things you've been eager to share in the school year up until now. As you prepare for these meetings, here are a few things we recommend you keep in mind:
If you're going to bring up concerns that run deeper than the typical, "How's my kid doing?" It's a good idea (and really courteous of you, too!) to send the teacher an email at least a couple of days in advance. This allows them to be more fully prepared to answer your questions.
Your child's teacher will likely share core subject assessments your child has completed. If concerns are noted, ask your teacher what interventions will be provided for your child.
If behavior concerns are brought up, be prepared to discuss positive solutions. Do your best not to explain away behaviors, but instead, listen.
After the conference, take time and reflect upon what was discussed.
Your child's teacher is likely doing their conferences all in one day or spread throughout the week during their planning time and after school. Be considerate of their time. And remember: A coffee/treat/pack of sticky notes/felt tip pens goes a long way.
The ultimate support system is an informed and supportive family.
Use this time to connect with your child’s teacher, learn about what’s happening with your child socially/emotionally/academically, and decide on which actions you can perform at home to truly support the learning of your child.