During the academic year, schools assign a special date and time for a parent-teacher meeting. This is important to build strong partnerships between the teachers and parents, whether your child is doing well in school or not, parent-teacher meetings will help ensure your child’s success. Read on to find out how you can have a successful parent-teacher meeting.
Is it important to go to a parent-teacher meeting?
Parent-teacher meetings provide an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about your child’s progress, and how your child is performing within the school setting, both socially and academically. Going to a parent-teacher meeting gives you and the teacher an opportunity to work together, as a team, for your child’s best interests. Sharing each others perspectives will help you find ways to work together. This will help provide the appropriate and necessary support for your child.
What can you do before the parent-teacher meeting?
The meeting with your child’s teacher may be more efficient and productive if you do some preparation beforehand. Make a list of notes (it can be a mental list) such as:
- Which specific topics would you like to discuss?
- What are your concerns about the school?
- What background information about your child does the teacher need to know?
- Are there any major in your family life i.e. a birth, a loss, moving house?
- Is there anything that is worrying your child?
- Does your child have a specific learning profile that you know of?
Ask the most important questions first, as it is possible you may run out of time, especially if there are other parents waiting. Another meeting can always be scheduled with the teacher to cover any necessary points.
As the parent, you know your child’s personality, habits, strengths, and weaknesses, better than anyone. The teacher, on the other hand, has been trained professionally in the best methods of teaching, meeting individual pupil’s needs, how to control classroom behaviour, and how to help your child succeed in school. Working together can only guarantee success for your child.
Remember you and your child’s teacher are striving for the same thing, what’s best for your child. ❤ ❤ ❤
Till next time…
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