Hallmarks of a successful parent-teacher conference
What teachers would like parents to know about conferences
The meetings are not about what you are doing wrong as a parent. Your kid's report card is not your report card. Also, the meeting is not about reliving your school experiences with teachers.
The most effective way to get a really good snapshot of a child's academic progress
Ask specific questions with examples:
Things to find out about your child's learning style
Some teachers trained in these areas will tell you without your prompting, but many others need your prompts. Do some homework: For instance, kinesthetic, visual, auditory, analytical, interpersonal, intrapersonal. Say what you've noticed as a prompt.
Some kids are naturally better testers than others - not necessarily more intelligent - just better test-takers. All can improve. Ask what you can do at home to help out.
Ask about your child in playground, the lunchroom, and greeting guests to the class.
Observations about your child that are helpful to share with the teacher
Tell them what he is like when he is engaged. Tell them what he remembers best from , that is, his highlights from school and the classroom.
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