Hello Murch Families:
All parent teacher conferences will be virtual on October 7th. Teachers have sent home ways to sign up for a conference. My expectation is that every teacher meets with 100% of their parents. If this date doesn’t work, speak to your child’s teacher about alternative dates and times.
As a parent, we recognize and acknowledge that you are your child’s first and most important teacher. We both have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well. When you speak with your child’s teacher, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers. Below are a few suggestions that can help you to make the most of parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child.
What should you expect?
A two-way conversation.
Like all good conversations, parent–teacher conferences are best when both people talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school: Ask to see data about your child’s attendance, grades, and test scores. Find out whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.
Emphasis on learning.
Good parent–teacher conferences focus on how well students are doing in school. They also talk about how students can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your work, if any, that has been sent home before the conference. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher. Ask your most important question first.
Opportunities and challenges.
Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.