5 Ways You MUST Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

It is parent-teacher conference time. We just had Zoey’s last week. Glad to say all is going well minus the usual-she needs to work on not talking in class. Zoey is a chatter box. Have you ever walked out of your conference wondering what you were just told or what you could have done to prepare? Well Lucky you, I have some tips!

 

    1. Talk to your child:

      See if your kiddo has anything they would like you to know or ask about. There could be concerns you can address or frustrations they’re having. Write these down or have them write them down. No one knows what they struggle with better than them.

    2. Make a List:

      I LOVE lists! Write down 3 things you want to talk about to help guide your meeting. Any questions you have this is the time! Don’t forget to also touch up on positives.

    3. Check for Progress:

      As a Special Ed Advocate I am all about tracking progress! If there are any areas you see your child not making good progress in or falling behind on check and see what can be done both at school and home to help. I like to keep track of her progress in a binder. Keeping all her educational records is a great and easy way to track progress.

    4. Home Supports:

      Ask what you can do to help at home. Find ways to incorporate their curriculum into your every day lives. We love to encourage her to read just about everything, work on her math, and practice her spelling whenever we can. Our all-time favorite is reading. We make sure to read every day.

    5. Stay Updated:

      Don’t be nervous about asking for more meetings or information other than the two conferences. Figure out what you and your kiddo need to stay up to date and feel comfortable. The class dojo app is a great way to stay in tune with your child’s teacher. Make sure you have their email address to make it easy to communicate in case you have any questions. Don’t be nervous to ask for updates regularly.

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    Conference time is a great way to know where your child stands and what you can do collectively to keep helping your little one succeed. Don’t forget to give your kiddo a high-five and review a little bit of what was said at your conference.

     

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    Chelsea
    November 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    These are really the best tips ever. I work at school and wish all parents took this advice.

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    Britney
    November 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Great lists we had our first one this August ‘

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    Brittany
    November 9, 2017 at 2:23 am

    We had my sons parent teach conference on Monday and i couldn’t agree more with the above!! My son is only 3 so it was short but I’m really glad we were prepared ahead of time.

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    Christine Salty Mama
    November 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    This is a great list! Definitely making a list is clutch – I always forget in the moment!

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      mammabearsays
      November 10, 2017 at 5:45 am

      YES! I used to walk out and forget what i wanted to know or say

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