Questions Every Parent Should Ask at Parent-Teacher Conferences

As you are settling into the routine of a new school year, it's time for to get ready for parent-teacher conferences. To make the most of parent-teacher conferences, what kinds of questions should you ask? Here's a checklist to help you prepare and make the most of your conference.

Your Child's Progress
The most obvious topic of your parent-teacher conference will be your child's school performance.

  • Is my child performing to grade level standards?
  • Is he or she keeping up with homework assignments and participating in class?
  • What are my child's strengths? In what areas could he or she improve?

Grading and Expectations
It is important to understand how your child will be evaluated by his or her teacher throughout the year.

  • What standardized exams will my child take this year, and how will you help prepare your students for such tests in the classroom?
  • How do you determine my child's report card grades and marks? What are the various components of these grades?
  • How much time should my child spend on homework each night?

Your Involvement
All teachers welcome and encourage parental involvement, so use your conference as an opportunity discuss how you should support your child at home.

  • How can I help my child improve his or her areas of weakness?
  • What can I do to support you in your classroom objectives?
  • What suggestions do you have on how to approach homework time? What is an appropriate level of parental involvement and support?

Good Communication
At the end of your parent-teacher conference, you will likely come away with a list of action items-both for you and your child's teacher. Here are a few questions to ask before you part ways:

  • What is the best way to communicate with you moving forward?
  • What should I strive to accomplish with my child before our next parent-teacher conference and how would you like me to inform you of my progress?

For parents, such an opportunity to meet face-to-face, one-on-one with your child's teacher has many significant benefits and should not be missed. Make the most of this opportunity and help your child start off the school year strong!

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