By Andrea Fuentes
Parent Educator, Family Service Agency
Parent-Teacher conferences are an exciting and important opportunity for teachers and caregivers to discuss a child’s growth and development. This meeting can also trigger feelings of vulnerability, especially when the feedback isn’t what was anticipated. Caregivers aren’t always sure of their role during a conference, but authentic communication will foster an open and trusting relationship. Here are a few tips to help you prepare. Children thrive when the adults in their life are well equipped and wholly invested in their well-being.
Questions for Parents:
- What does my child contribute to the classroom community?
- What are my child’s strengths as a learner?
- Who are my child’s friends and what do they like to do together?
- How does my child work with other children in the classroom? On the playground?
- Is my child able to express his/her emotions appropriately?
- What else can I be doing at home to support my child in reading? In math?
Questions for Teachers:
- What motivates your child at home? (Privileges, rewards, praise, etc.)
- Is there a clear system of pre-determined rewards and consequences?
- What do daily routines look like in your home? (morning, afterschool, bedtime)
- Does your child have clear, age-appropriate chores at home?
- What do you see as your child’s strengths within your family?
- What positive adult relationships does your child have? (tutor, coach, pastor, cousin, etc.)