Getting the most out of Parent-Teacher meetings
We advise you start preparing for the meeting in good time even before they are scheduled and time slots allocated. Oftentimes parents come away from these meetings feeling like there were important questions they forgot to ask or not being involved in the discussion. We recommend jotting down a list of questions in advance to make sure you have a productive and effective meeting. We have come up with a list of questions that you may want to ask and would help in gaining an understanding of your child’s educational life and school progress.
– Is my child able to get along with others in class and on the playground?
– Who are his/her friends? Who does he/she play with?
– Does my child participate well in group activities?
– What are his/her best characteristics?
– Does my child put himself/herself forward or ask questions?
– Where does he/she sit in the classroom and is
– Is my child easily distracted by his/her peers?
– How is my child performing against the learning outcomes for the term (satisfactory, expected or exceeding)?
– How is my child’s literacy (i.e. comprehension, inference, grammar and writing)? Don’t be afraid of asking to see a sample of your child’s work
– How is my child’s numeracy and mental maths skills?
– For children between nursery and Year 2: Can you describe my child’s reading ability and reading level? How best can I support him/her with this?
– What are his grades? how do these compare with other subjects? How do these compare with rest of the class.
– For children in Year 1: Is my child’s reading on track for the phonics test next June?
– For children in Year 2 and Year 6: Is my child on track to meet the requirements for SATs?
If your child’s teacher expresses or shares any concerns about your child’s performance at the meeting – do not be worried or anxious. This presents a great opportunity to ask how you can better support your child’s education with home time activities; and also provides an opportunity to gain some insight into how your child’s teacher aims to do the same with an action plan Remember all information is good information and should be viewed positively for success.
Different schools have different formats for their school meetings. In addition to time spent talking to the teacher, it’s best to also have good time to go through your child’s books and school work. If these are not available, ensure you ask for test/exam grades and scores over a time frame and current areas of strength or weakness. You may find that time slot is not sufficient to gain an answer to many of the questions above. If this is the case, we suggest you request to contact your child’s teacher again either by phone or face to face for a follow up, to ask further additional questions.
These meetings are designed for you the parent to ensure you are equipped early with information to support your child at home during the course of the term. It is also important to build a warm and positive relationship with your child’s teacher – it really should be seen as collaborative partnership by both parties to ensure your child’s continued education progress and success.
Make the best use of it and good luck. Do let us know at Clarssroom how you get on.