Preparing for a parent-teacher conference

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

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

  1. Make sure that the appointment time works for you. Teachers usually send a letter about the parent-teacher meeting with the proposed date and time. If the time does not work for you, let the teacher know.
  2. Prepare a list of questions and bring the list to the meeting. You can also read your child’s previous report card and compare it to the current report card. Are there any changes that you feel you need to talk about? If you need help with English, you can bring a friend or ask the school about interpretation services.
  3. Arrive on time. You do not want to be late because other parents will be waiting their turn to meet with the teacher.
  4. Listen. The teacher will tell you about your child’s progress. Listen, take notes and then ask your questions. If something the teacher said was not clear, ask him/her to explain it again.
  5. Thank the teacher for his/her time and effort. Remember, you can always contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns during the rest of the school year.

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Community Resources

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

You may want to practice using Two Minute English’s English Conversation lesson featuring Parent-Teacher meetings.

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