9 Things to Ask at Your Parent-Teacher Conference
Most parents are aware of the importance of good communication between themselves and their child’s teacher, and the parent-teacher conference is a prime example of when both parties are geared up for communication. But, especially as a parent, it's important to go into a conference prepared.
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"What type of learner is my child?"
Not all children can do their best by just listening to the teacher lecture. Is your child a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner? Ask the teacher how he accommodates different learning styles. Does your child learn best when she's up and moving? Find ways to incorporate these techniques at home.
"How do you evaluate your students?"
"Is work graded on completion or accuracy?" "Do you grade class participation?" Answers will vary widely depending on the teacher's preference and give you an idea of what's important to that particular teacher. You may not agree, but understanding these expectations will help you gauge where your child needs to focus her efforts to meet them.
"How is my child doing socially?"
Does your child get along well with her peers? Is she being bullied? If your child is feeling socially uncomfortable at school, she won't be able to shine academically. You and the teacher can devise a plan to help your child feel more at ease in social interactions.