A parent-teacher meeting is a short meeting or conference between the parents and teachers of students to discuss children’s progress at school and find solutions to academic or behavioral problems. Parent-teacher conferences supplement the information conveyed by report cards by focusing on students’ specific strengths and weaknesses in individual subjects and generalizing the level of inter-curricular skills and competences.
For teachers, when a parent comes in on a set date planned well in advance, it means both parents and teachers get a chance to sit down for five to 10 minutes to solidify their partnership. Teachers and parents can use these moments to establish a rapport and develop a common goal that focuses on helping your child have the best college experience possible.
Parent-teacher meetings can help develop a successful partnership between parents and teachers, an important aspect of your child’s academic and social achievements. Teachers often introduce parents to their teaching style, discipline methods and classroom policies early in the year.
A main ingredient of the parent-teacher conference is exchanging information with the teacher about your child’s academic progress and social development. This can include everything from how well she does in math to how she spends her recess time. Writing down your questions about her school day and listing the things that concern you most will help save time and ensure you cover the important topics. Ask your child how she feels regarding school, what she likes or dislikes and what areas she finds difficult. This will help you prioritize the issues you want to address. Her teacher has likely prepared well in advance for the conference and may have questions as well, or provide insight into issues new to you, such as your child’s shyness about reading aloud.