Parent-Teacher conferences are a place where you can discuss your child's progress in school with his or her teacher. Since these conferences only happen once per term, you have to make sure that you make the most out of these meetings. Here are some things that you shouldn't do to make sure that your meetings with your child's teacher will be successful.
1. Don’t come to the meeting unprepared.
Usually, parents are only given about fifteen minutes with the teacher. So as not to waste your precious minutes, make sure that you prepare a checklist of the things that you wish to discuss with your child’s teacher. This will help your discussion to go smoothly and prevent you from forgetting anything.
2. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarifications.
Teachers can sometimes use educational jargon that may seem alien to you. Don’t be shy to ask your child’s teacher to explain what a certain educational word means. This will help in preventing any mis-communication in the future. In some cases, a teacher who comes from a cultural background that’s different from yours will say something that may seem offensive or negative. If this happens, quickly clarify with the teacher what he or she means.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask what problems your child may be facing in school.
It is natural for you to be nervous or worried about what your child’s teacher may tell you. If it were up to you, you would want to only hear the good stuff. However, parent-teacher conferences are held not just to make you feel good. The main goal of these meetings is to evaluate your child’s progress which usually involves reviewing issues or challenges that your child may be facing. At times, the truth can be ugly but you have to be ready to face it.