Dear Echo Lake Parents,
Parent support is a key factor of successful student learning. Attending parent conferences is one way to demonstrate the importance of school and your concern about your child’s learning. Conferences are an excellent opportunity for you to talk with your child’s teacher about their progress and work together to create goals that help guide their learning for the year.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or still need to sign-up for a conference time.
Have a wonderful October,
The purpose of parent/teacher conferences is to discuss how to help students do their best in school. Every child learns differently and a conference gives you the opportunity to share what you know about your child with the teacher. No one knows more about your child and no one has as much influence as you do. Your conference is a foundation for building a wonderful partnership between school and home.
1. Steps to take before the conference.
- Make sure you have scheduled a time.
- Ask your child how class is going.
- Write down your questions/concerns as well as your child’s.
2. Start the conference right.
- Be on time.
- Bring along questions.
- Take a notepad and a pen.
3. How to make the most of your conference.
- Establish rapport with the teacher.
- Size up the social scene. Ask about the teacher’s view of your child’s friendships.
- Give the teacher relevant information about your child’s home life and out-of-school interests.
4. Leave with an action plan.
- Does the teacher have your e-mail or is phoning a better way to stay in contact?
- Review any decisions that have been made and clarify who will be doing what.
5. What to do after the conference.
- Pass on praise to your child - yours and the teacher’s.
- Follow up with your child on any concerns she/he expressed. Explain the action plan and who will be responsible for what. Get started on the plan.
- Contact the teacher in a few weeks to follow up on anything that was discussed in the conference and was part of the action plan.