Parent Teacher Conference Checklist for Parents

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Parent Teacher Conferences are brief, high impact glimpses into the academic success of your child as a student. They are often short on time and can be frustrating without adequate preparation. Make the most out of your Parent Teacher Conference by following this helpful checklist to maximize the effectiveness of the conference for both you and your child’s teacher.

Printable Checklist

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Helpful Tips for Parents to Make the Most of These Meetings:

1. BEFORE the conference!

  • Sit down with your child before the conference and explain that you are meeting with her teacher to see how the school year is going. Ask her how she feels about school and if there is anything she wants you to specifically address with the teacher. Be sure to stress that she is not in any trouble –this meeting is to see how you can best support your child’s school efforts at home.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:

1. What are my child's strongest and most challenging subjects?

2. Does my child hand homework in on time?

3. Does my child participate in class?

4. Does my child seem happy at school?

5. What can I do at home to help?

2. During the conference

  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting. You’ll want every minute allotted to your conference!
  • Ask the most important questions first. Some sample questions are:

1. What are my child's strengths and challenges?

2. Does my child participate in class?

3. Does my child seem happy in class?

5. How can I support your efforts at home?

  • End the meeting on time. There is likely a conference after yours, and your child’s teacher will appreciate that you have respected the time constraints.  If there is more to say, ask to schedule a longer conference on a different day.
  • Remember to stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask for specific examples or clarification of anything you don’t understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways you can support your child’s education at home.
  • Don’t forget to thank the teacher for all he or she does for your child!

3. After the conference

  • Your child may have some anxiety about the conference, so be sure to talk about it with him. Keep it positive, but mention any areas of concern. Talk to your child about any plans/ideas that came out of the conference.