Parent-Teacher Conferences in Preschool
Jun 25, 2011 Teaching 2402 Views
Conferences are upon us and you might be a little nervous. Well, relax. Teachers are not planning surprises or keeping hidden agendas. Instead, they have been watching, recording, considering, discussing, and reflecting on your child's actions and work since September and now they have the pleasure to share all that information with you! Parent conferences are a formal time for parents and teachers to look at a child and explain the developmental strides he has made.
During the first part of the conference we give parents a chance to talk about their child and how she or he is doing in our program. We LOVE to hear what they say about school! The second part of the conference addresses your child's performance in school. The teacher will address four areas of development: physical, intellectual, emotional, and social. She will have anecdotes and work samples to support the progress of your child. The third and final part of the conference prepares for the future. This involves planning ahead, setting goals, and agreeing on joint objectives. Parents can express experiences, interests, family relationships, and concerns that will help a teacher see the child in the context of her family..
Some Things to Keep in Mind:
• Start the conference right: Be there on time and plan not to run over the allotted time of 20 minutes
• Be prepared to hear an honest report of your child's behavior and progress. Many teachers will have a portfolio of your child's work to share with you. You will also receive a form describing your child's development in specific areas. The teacher will probably have specific anecdotes ready to illustrate her points. Ask her to clarify anything she says that you don't understand or about which you need more information.
• It's a good idea to come prepared with a list of questions that cover all aspects of a child's development and to be ready to share your own perspectives on or concerns about your child's progress. Try to ask your most important questions first, just in case time runs out before you and the teacher have a chance to discuss them all. Be sure to ask the teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child do better at school.
• Some questions to ask the teacher are: Is my child's development on track for his age (age appropriate)? Is there anything we can do at home to reinforce what you're working on in school? What are my child's strengths and weaknesses? What is he like in class? How does my child interact with the other kids? Is there anything that I can share with you about my child and what he's like at home? What skills will my child be expected to master this year? Does my child participate in group activities?
• Feel free to take notes. Jotting things down as you go along will help jog your memory later.
• Give the teacher relevant information. Let the teacher know how your child acts at home and whether there have been recent changes.
• Help us keep our connection. Leave with an action plan and find out the best way to stay in touch with the teacher.
Here are some tips:
1. Write an occasional note.
2. Make a date for another conference.
3. Help out in class.
4. Volunteer for special occasions.
5. Join us for school activities.
6. Add a special talent of yours to our program.
7. Remember that kind words and praise nurture budding relationships.