The goal of the conference is similar for both parents and teachers. As parents you are looking to gain insight into how the day goes for your child while they are in the school building and away from you. How are they doing with academic work? How are they doing socially with other students? How are they feeling emotionally? As teachers they want to gain insight into how things are going for your child at home when they are away from school. To better understand your child. How do they spend their nights? What do they like to do outside of school? Are they feeling good emotionally at home? The goal for both parents and teachers should be to get a well-rounded understanding of what is happening with your child in their day to day life as they are inextricably inter-related.
Questions to ask and important things to share
May I tell you about my child?
No one knows your child better than you do, it’s your job to help your child’s teacher learn more. Let them know what motivates your child, likes and dislikes, special skills and talents, strengths and challenges.
May I tell you about what is going on at home?
Home life and complexities impact your child’s ability to function, complete homework, and communicate. So if there is something changed or different than normal, communicate with your child’s teacher and together you can partner in any adjustments and plan to solve any problems.
How is my child doing socially and emotionally?
What is your child’s friendship, peer relationships like, adult-child interactions? The teacher will have useful observations they can share. Do they help others? Do they encourage and build others up? Are they generally happy? Does the teacher have any concerns they have observed? Together come up with a goal for improvement and strategy to achieve it.
What are my child’s learning strengths and area of greatest challenge?
Your child’s teacher sees your child from a different perspective than you do. Challenges are good to understand because they can focus on an area of development and teach us the areas to work on. It’s important to listen with an open mind. Strengths are nice to share with your child to motivate and encourage them to shine. Learning is not fixed but rather fluid. When home -school partnership is strong, you can optimize the opportunity for development.
How can I help at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?
It might be supplies, skill practice, involving your child in team sports, activities, work on a routine at home for organization and promoting self-management. When parents are involved, children tend to struggle less!
What’s the best way to communicate with you?
Teachers have lots of students and parents trying to talk to them during any given day, so it’s important to get an understanding of how they prefer to communicate and be please be patient.
Hope these tips help a parent, teacher, counselor who has been there.
Should you have any concerns, please contact School Counselor Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org