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Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive October 2006: Parent teacher conferences
By Kaye on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 08:20 am:

I scheduled a meeting with my sons teachers, for several reasons, but really just to know more of what is going on.

So when you go, just to check up on things...what exactly do you ask? I think I will go in with a list of questions to ask, but wanted some input on things other people ask. I am pretty agenda driven right now and am trying to see outside my little box :)

By Debbie on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 09:35 am:

Kaye, I don't have time to post...going on a field trip with ds. But, we have parent/teacher conferences in a few days, and I came up with a list of questions. I will post them when I get back.

By Karen~admin on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 09:53 am:

It's been a while........but I remember asking about:
My child's behavior in class;
participation in class;
homework (was it turned in every day, and was it correct);
what the curriculum consisted of;
what days tests were given;
what type of review was given before tests;
what major projects were upcoming and the details of those;
if my child willingly helped other kids in class;
what was required or available to do for extra credit if grades slipped;
what areas need improvement;
what I could do as a parent to help;
and finally, if there *were* any problems/issues with my child, what the school/teacher were doing to address them

If I think of more later, I'll post.

By Kate on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 10:48 am:

I'd ask if the kids like your child and if your child plays with them or socializes properly with them.

By Colette on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 11:33 am:

If there is a problem, ask what you can do at home to help, but also ask the teacher what they are doing to help your son.

By Mommmie on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 01:57 pm:

I usually don't even get a word in edgewise at conferences. They are presenting and I'm listening and then ding time is up.

By Melanie on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 02:18 pm:

When I have had to talk to a teacher about an issue, I start the conversation with, "Let me explain to you the situation as I understand it and I would like to hear your view of it." It opens the conversation up for a meaningful dialogue instead of putting the teacher in a position where he/she feels they need to defend themselves. It sounds like you have some specific things you are concerned about. Let the teacher know you want the two of you on the same page to work together to solve the issues. Good luck!

By Debbie on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 05:05 pm:

Karen listed all the questions I have on my list. Ditto Melanie, about when/if there is a problem. I am not happy about how my youngest ds' teacher is handling some things. I have actually practiced what I am going to say, so I don't get upset/emotional. I am hoping we can work together to fix things.

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