Tips for parent-teacher conferences

  • Be prompt. This is very important. Teachers usually have conferences scheduled back to back. Your tardiness will disrupt the flow of all the conferences that follow yours.
  • Get a babysitter. Do not bring your child. Your child's teacher may not feel comfortable discussing some issues with your child present.
  • Prepare a list of questions and concerns ahead of time.
  • Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
  • Do not solely focus on grades. Discuss your child's progress.
  • Ask what skills your child may need extra help with at home.
  • Alert the teacher to situations that may be happening at home that can be a distraction to your child's learning.
  • Always end the conference with thanking the teacher.