Childrearing

‘We’re Working On It’ Means There’s A Problem – And Other Tips For Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Ask How To Help

There are plenty of questions for parents to ask when they see their child’s teacher. But the most important one might be, “What can we do at home?” Teachers are all hoping that their students’ parents will continue the lessons long after the last bell. They’re thrilled to hear that parents are looking for ways to help their kids. Plenty of teachers will share materials, workbooks, lesson plans or any other number of teaching aids with their parents if it’s necessary.

If you’re child is experiencing serious problems learning, it’s even more important for parents to get involved. Teachers can help you use the same vocabulary they’re using at school, which will make it easier for your child. And most schools have certain support or tutoring programs in the community that they work with. “If I don’t have a list in my classroom, I can get you one,” says Ms. Miller.

Mrs. Kindler added, “Don’t be afraid to bring in your own research.” She has a parent who attended a learning conference when their son started having problems. The parent brought in material and research that they discovered and Mrs. Kindler was able to integrate that into her approach. More than anything, teachers want to work with parents to create the best chance possible for students. Whatever parents can do to help that is always appreciated.

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