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This week all grades receive Quarter 2 Progress Reports in what is known to us as PTC or SPTC.
Student Parent Teacher Conferences are common in many schools. This common practice provides a unique opportunity to join teacher, student and the “home”. It is in this setting that the conversation focuses on reviewing what has happened since the last time there was a meeting of this sort. Quarter 1 SPTC often lacks “historic” trends and is frequent to use that first point of contact to get to know the scope of the academic program. Quarter 2 provides more insight to the student learning process.
We are pleased to share this article that we found to be of help in preparation for these Conferences. These recommendations come from www.babycenter.com:
Ask your child how things are going at school. Several days before the conference ask your child some very specific questions about school.
What would he like you to ask the teacher? What does he like best about school? Are there any subjects at school that he’s having trouble with? If he could change anything about school what would it be?
Don’t use this time to ask questions about basic school policies. That kind of information can usually be found in the school’s handbook, on its website, or by calling the office during business hours. This is your chance to get detailed feedback on your child, so make the most of it.
If you have a specific question or issue that doesn’t come up, don’t hesitate to ask. The teacher may be inexperienced or shy, or just not realize that you’re concerned about something in particular. You know your child better than anyone, so take the initiative.
Try not to get defensive. It’s natural to feel a bit nervous about parent-teacher conferences. Every parent wants to hear how wonderful his or her child is – and the teacher should tell you about your child’s special skills and achievements.
But one of the main functions of these conferences is to point out areas where your child has room to develop. The teacher may even suggest testing, special classes, or some changes in the way you do things.
Keep in mind that this is a part of all parent-teacher conferences. Resist the urge to argue with the teacher or dismiss her comments. She is not blaming you or your child. The point of this meeting is to get an assessment of how your child is doing in school and to look for ways you can help her.
Remind yourself that the teacher is on your side and the two of you have the same goal: to help your child learn all that she can.
Take along a notepad and pen. After the meeting is over you may forget some of what you discussed. Jotting things down as you go along will help jog your memory later. Taking notes is also a good way to let the teacher know you’re taking the conference seriously.
Get a feel for the social scene. How your child fits in socially can have an effect on how well she learns. Ask the teacher how your child gets along with the other students.
Does she always hang out at recess with the same kids? Who are they? Is she bullying anyone? Is anyone bullying her? Is the teacher concerned about your child’s ability to get along with others and participate in class?
Give the teacher relevant information. Let the teacher know of any changes at home. A new baby, a divorce, or a death in the family can all affect the way your child behaves in the classroom.
Try to refrain from talking about her successes outside of school, though. As much fun as it is to share important stories, this meeting is about assessing your child’s academic progress.
When speaking to other teachers stick to their area of expertise. If you have the opportunity to meet with your child’s other teachers, limit your questions to their particular subject. Discuss art with the art teacher, reading with the reading expert and so on.
Get involved. Before you go to the conference, think about how you might help out in the classroom. If your free time is limited, consider volunteering to chaperone a field trip or donating needed supplies. Bring it up with the teacher so you can find a way to contribute that meets both your needs.
Leave with a plan of action. Before you shake hands and say goodbye, find out the best way to follow up with the teacher if you think of more questions. Is there a good time to call her? Does she prefer to be contacted by email? Make sure she has a way to contact you, too. And request another conference if you feel it’s necessary.