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.)