Parent-Teacher Conference Tips
Parent-Teacher Conference Discussion Topics and Questions
Homework - Is my child’s homework completed and being turned in on time?
Class Participation - Does my child ask questions, volunteer answers, and participate in discussions
Organization - Does my child seem organized? Does he/she come to class prepared?
Academic Success - How is my child doing in this class? Is my child working up to his/her potential? Is this class appropriate for my child’s ability level?
Classroom Time Management - Does my child use class time wisely?
Attendance and Punctuality - Is my child in class every day? Does he/she come to class on time?
Focus - Does my child pay attention in class?
Social Adjustment - Is my child respectful and courteous to teachers and classmates? Does my child appear to get along with the other students?
Strengths and Weaknesses - What are my child’s strengths? What does he/she need to work on?
Additional Comments - Do you have any advice or suggestions for me or my child? What is the best way for me to contact you if I have questions or concern in the future?
Before the Conference –
- Talk with your student to see if there is any topic or issue they would like for you to address during the meeting.
- Stay Positive about your visit in talking with your student.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the teacher.
- Topics like: daily schedule, the standards to achieve, grading policy, student’s behavior in class, etc.
- Make a few notes that would be helpful for the teacher to better understand your student. Ex. Health issues, feelings about school, your expectations, and home environment.
During the Conference –
- Ask specific questions
- Take notes on the information shared by the teacher.
After the Conference –
- Prioritize the notes taken during the meeting and discuss the conference with your child.
- Make sure to share any changes to be made at home or in school with your student
- Set goals for improvement with your student and work alongside of your student, so they may achieve these goals.
- Follow up with the teacher, either by phone, email, or visit to discuss progress