It is hard to believe that we are two-thirds of the way through the 2012 - 13 school year. Our teachers are busy preparing important information to share with you during Conference Day on March 6, 2013. At this point of the year teachers know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and are prepared to visit with you regarding each area. It is important as parents for you to prepare for the conference as well. Your child’s education is a partnership between the child, parents and school. What are the essential questions that you need to askto ensure that your child is thriving at Shlenker? We have listed a few questions that will help you have a successful Parent Teacher Conference.
How is my child doing socially? This is important because social development helps form who we become, and you want your child to develop proper social skills. Does my child seem happy and engaged in school? Is he/she showing good behavior with classmates and adults?
Where do you feel my child’s strengths and weaknesses are? It is important to know each of these. If a child has a strength you can help encourage academics in that area outside of school; for weaknesses you can help at home to strengthen these areas.
Do you feel my child needs extra help in school with anything? It is not easy for a teacher to tell a parent that their child needs additional help in an area. You are your child’s advocate. You need to know what your child needs and see to it that they get the help needed.
Has my child been doing their homework? Lots of times students complete their homework but fail to turn it. This is a good time to work out a strategy with the teacher to ensure that the work is turned in daily.
Does my child see the board okay? Teachers know what to look for with students having difficulty seeing.
Is my child organized? Organization is essential throughout life. It is important to develop good organization skills. Teachers work with students at school, but they need ongoing parental support as well. It is important that good habits are started early. How do you prefer that we communicate on any issue? Do you prefer email, phone call, notes home or website? Let the teacher know.
Do you have any recommendations? What can I do to help my child?
Let the teacher know if there have been any changes in the family dynamics. Are there new babies, a parent working away from home, death, illness or divorce?
These simple questions will help guide your conference and allow you to know how to help your child succeed. It is a good feeling to walk into a conference with a plan of action and walk away learning even more about your child.
We hope that you have a successful conference,
Janna Barnhart and Casey Suter,
Early Childhood and Elementary Principals