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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Parent/Community Support – Getting Ready For A Parent-Teacher Conference, Part II

Getting ready for a parent-teacher conference? Here are some things to keep in mind:

Each teacher will probably come prepared with samples of your children's work and with ideas to help them do even better in school. You should get ready for each conference, too.

Talk to your children before the conference. Find out what they think are their best subjects, and what subjects they like the least. Find out why. Also, ask your children if there is anything they would like you to talk about with their teachers. Make sure your children don't worry about the meeting. Help them understand that you and their teacher(s) are meeting together in order to help them.

Before you go to the school, write notes to yourself about:

  • Things about your child's life at home, personality, problems, habits, and hobbies you feel it's important for the teacher to know.
  • Your concerns about the school's programs or policies.
  • Questions about your child's progress.
  • How you and the school can work together to help your child.

If your spouse can't attend the conference with you, ask for his or her concerns and questions.