How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 2, 2020

Posted by Hallie Hagland

Parent-Teacher Conferences are typically held twice a year, which may look a bit differently this year. At AppleTree & Gilden Woods we will be conducting 10-minute conferences by phone to ensure that each family gets a chance to touch base with their child's teacher. Whatever your conferences may look like this is a chance to get one-on-one time with your child's teacher to give and to get insight on your child's progress socially and developmentally. Here are a few tips to make the most of your Parent-Teacher Conference.

How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Tell your child's teacher about your child.  You are the person that knows your child best.  Be sure that your child's teacher knows everything that they need to be able to best care for and educate your child.
  • Share things that are happening at home.  If you have recently had a family member move in to live with you, had an illness in the family, or other life change (i.e. divorce or new baby), let your child's teacher know.  This will help your child's teacher be prepared to support your child cognitively or emotionally as needed.
  • Be sure to ask questions both about cognitive skills and social skills.  Attending AppleTree & Gilden Woods isn't just about the education, it's also about the forming of early friendships and learning to play and learn cooperatively in a group.
  • Discover personal strengths to encourage and develop in your child.  Personal strengths will be skills and interests that your child will take beyond school.
  • Request areas that your child needs to improve in.  Be open to this constructive feedback and don't be defensive.  These meetings are opportunities where teachers can note something that your child needs support to master before it becomes anything more.  After the conference, consider ways that you can help to support your child to improve.  Don't be afraid to reach out to your child's teacher or the Program Director for ideas of resources to extend learning from school to home.
  • Make notes & be prepared.  If there are things that you want to be sure to touch base with your child's teacher about, write them down as you think of them before your conference so that you can be sure to make the most of your time with your child's teacher. 
  • Don't be afraid to make a follow-up meeting if necessary.  If the conference isn't long enough to discuss your items, be sure to talk to your child's teacher or the Program Director to schedule another focused appointment.  Drop-off times in the morning can often be rushed and won't allow both of you to be fully focused on the conversation.


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