A parent-teacher conference is a short meeting or conference between the parents and teachers of students to discuss children’s progress at school and find solutions to academic or behavioral problems. Parent-teacher conferences supplement the information conveyed by report cards by focusing on students’ specific strengths and weaknesses in individual subjects and generalizing the level of inter-curricular skills and competences.
The main components of parent teacher conference are:
BUILDING A PARTNERSHIP :
Parent-teacher conferences can help develop a successful partnership between parents and teachers. Teachers often introduce parents to their teaching style, discipline methods and classroom policies early in the year through parent orientation and written information. Parents can return the favor during a conference by using a few moments to describe your child’s after school activities, family relationships or hobbies to help the teacher better understand what makes him tick. Parents can express commitment to their child’s education, such as explaining the way they ensure he completes homework assignments, helps clarify their intention to continue as an active member of the team. Telling the teacher how much parents appreciate the notes she sends home, her organizational skills or positive attitude with her students lets the teacher know her value and her work on the team as well
A main ingredient of the parent-teacher conference is exchanging information with the teacher about the child’s academic progress and social development. This can include everything from how well she does in math to how she spends her recess time. Writing down your questions about her school day and listing the things that concern you most will help save time and ensure you cover the important topics
DEVELOPING A PLAN:
The final portion of a parent-teacher conference typically addresses the plan to help the child work through his school difficulties or find ways to ensure his continued success. The teacher may suggest an after-school tutoring program, additional homework or a specialized in-school program designed to help him cope with a learning disability. Advanced children might need extra projects to prevent boredom or more time to pursue artistic endeavors through an evening or weekend class.