Questions to Ask During the Parent-Teacher Conference
- What subject does my student like most? Least?
- What can I do to help my student with subjects he finds difficult? How can I help my student study? Prepare for class? Improve his work? A good time to ask these questions is when the teacher gives you samples of your son's or daughter's work.
- Is my student working to the best of his ability?
- Does my student participate in class discussions and activities?
- Is my student in different classes or groups for different subjects? Which ones? How are the groups determined?
- How well does my student get along with others?
- Have you noticed changes in the way my student acts? For example, have you noticed squinting, tiredness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems?
- Has my student missed classes?
- How are you measuring my student's progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects?
- What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my student's progress? How does my student handle taking tests?
- What are my student's test scores in reading and math? Explain what the scores mean. For example, if your child's reading score is in the 70th percentile, this means that your student scored higher than 70% of the other children tested. Know if the scores are good, bad or average.
- Ask what grade level my student is working on. Is my student at grade level in reading and math? How about the other subjects? If my student is working below grade level, find out why and what you can do to help. Is tutoring available as an option?
Reprinted with the permission of the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center.