5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference (page 2)

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Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Volunteer your time. Teachers put in many hours at night and on weekends preparing lessons and activities and grading schoolwork. It’s a great way to get to know your child’s teacher better and to observe your child in the classroom setting.  Some employers even encourage their employees to volunteer.

After the conference, don’t stick that progress report in a drawer and forget about it. Follow the teacher’s recommendations. At the end of the next quarter, review those recommendations and see if you need to make additional changes. Be sure to celebrate with your student any improvement you see. Your student will appreciate that you recognize that extra work.

At the end of the school year, pull out a couple of your student’s assignments from the beginning of the year and compare them to work completed at the end of the year. Being able to see improvement is motivating, and it’s also an important part of the process of helping your students to be take responsibility for their learning.

Terri Ashley-MacQuarrie, M.Ed., is Manager, National Community and Family Support Services at K12. Her experience includes teaching preschool- 8th grade in brick and mortar schools and Kindergarten- college in virtual settings. She also schooled all three of her children at home.

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