‘We’re Working On It’ Means There’s A Problem – And Other Tips For Parent-Teacher Conferences
Other Great Advice
Some last words of wisdom from these amazing ladies:
“Don’t just focus on the problems, think about enrichment as well,” Ms. Miller reminds us. After all, it’s important to acknowledge and congratulate your kids for all the great they do. You can’t just look at the areas where they need work.
“Be open,” Mrs. Kindler says. “I know that you know your child, but we see a different side of them and it might be completely opposite what you see at home.” Our children spend more waking hours with their teachers than they do with us sometimes, so we need to remember that teachers have valuable input on things you might have missed.
“Get specifics!” Don’t just accept vague explanations or pretend that you know exactly what your teacher is talking about. Ask as many questions as you need to. “This is your time,” says Ms. Miller. “Even with daily or weekly newsletters, those are about the entire class. This is our time to focus on your child.”
“Hand-outs have a purpose,” reminds Mrs. Kindler. Teachers don’t run copies for the fun of it. If they’re giving it to you, it’s worth reading.