Preparing for a parent-teacher conference

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Parent-Teacher interviews (or conferences) are very important. They help your learn how your children are doing in school and the ways you can help them succeed. These meetings usually last 10-15 minutes long. Watch this video from settlement.org to know what to expect and how to prepare:


Parent Teacher Interviews (Elementary school), Settlement.org

Here are 5 tips to make the most of the parent-teacher meetings:

  1. Make sure that the appointment time works for you. Teachers will send you a letter about the parent-teacher meeting with the proposed date and time. Tell them right away if you are not available on that date and time. Ask for a different schedule.
  2. Prepare a list of questions . Do you think your child doesn’t have enough homework? Do you think your child needs more PE time or after-school activities? Do you understand how your child is graded? List down your questions and ask the teacher during the meeting. Bring a friend or ask if interpretation services are available if you need help with English.
  3. Arrive on time. Don’t be late. The teacher will be meeting with other parents too. They will have a strict schedule.
  4. Listen. Listen well when the teacher reports on your child’s progress. Take notes and then ask your questions. Ask the teacher to explain or clarify if they said something that was not clear to you.
  5. Thank the teacher . Express your appreciation to the teacher. Teachers are your partners in raising your child.

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Community Resources

Settlement.org has an article on Parent-Teacher interviews that you can read in different languages.

Practice some useful phrases using Two Minute English’s English Conversation lesson on Parent-Teacher meetings.

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