6 Tips For Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

6 Tips For successful Parent Teacher Conferences

Last week, Z.E.N.’s school had the first parent-teacher conferences of the school year. They have them every semester, but I usually only attend the one held after the first marking period ends. This is because I usually get a good idea of how Z.E.N. is doing and can address any issues early on in the school year. We had to meet with 2 teachers and were allotted ten minutes for each teacher. 

Ten minutes is not a whole lot of time, so it’s important to be prepared to make the most out of this small window of time you’ll have to spend with the teacher. As a parent, you’re probably feeling a bit rushed, but keep in mind, the teacher is also trying to handle conferences with the parents of many other students, so your time will likely be very limited. Fortunately, with some important tips for successful parent teacher conferences, you’ll be ready to make your next conference extremely beneficial for all involved.

Tip #1 — Don’t bring your child. You’re going to want to be able to give your undivided attention to the teacher. Additionally, there might be things that either you or the teacher will want to discuss that would be better done without your child overhearing.

Tip #2 — Prepare ahead of time. It’s a good idea to go over some of your child’s homework and grades. You might also want to discuss any concerns your child might be having regarding school. If you’ve noticed your child struggling in a certain subject, it’s important to make note of this.

Tip #3 — Ask your child what areas they feel they are strong in as well as what areas they think might need some improvement. You might be surprised that your child has more insight into their struggles than you realize. When you meet with the teacher, it can be helpful to discuss these areas in order to try and find an effective solution that will best meet your child’s needs.

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Tip #4 — Arrive on time. While it might seem obvious to be on time, many parents arrive late for their parent teacher conference. A busy teacher might not have another available time slot during their scheduled conference times. Of course, it’s not fair to simply begin the conference when you arrive and expect that everyone else will be pushed back. Like me, you’ve probably been assigned a very short block of time, so if you’re going to cover everything, you need to be on time for your conference.

Tip #5 — Try not to take things personally. It can be hard to be completely objective when speaking about your child, but it’s important to try to remain as neutral as possible. If you child is struggling with behavior issues, grades, classmates or other areas, it can be hard to hear. Once the teacher has brought up their concerns, take a moment to reflect on their perspective. Your child might be very different in school than they are at home.

Tip #6 — Be prepared to discuss strategies to help your child succeed. This might include tutoring, going to bed a little earlier or simple steps to help keep them organized.

A successful parent teacher conference is one where both parties feel like they are being heard and the best interests of the child are met.

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Diane

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

5 Comments

  • Great tips, Diane. We just had our P/T conference last week. Thankfully, it went very well. But we did have a few questions. I was glad to hear that my daughter is doing amazing.

  • These are great tips. We’ll be having our end of the year parent teacher conference soon and I feel like I’m never quite prepared enough.

  • These are all great tips. I think these are great times to find out how your child is doing and you need to do your job to be prepared.

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