Knowing that you have to go to your child’s school for a parent-teacher conference may make you feel nervous, intimidated or frustrated. You can print the following list of questions from Understood.org. Bring it with you, and you’ll be likely to leave your meeting with the information you need to further your child’s school experience.
1. What is my child expected to learn this year?
2. How will this be evaluated?
3. What are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?
4. What are some examples of these strengths and weaknesses?
5. Does my child hand homework in on time?
6. What types of tests and evaluations will my child have to take this year?
7. How are my child’s test-taking skills?
8. Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
9. How are my child’s social skills?
10. Does my child seem happy at school?
11. Have you noticed any unusual behaviors?
12. Has my child missed any classes other than excused absences?
13. Do you think my child is reaching his or her potential?
14. What can I do at home to help support my child’s academic progress?
If your child receives special services (gifted programs, special education, English classes, speech or occupational therapy or support for a learning disability), ask about the frequency of these services and about your child’s progress with them.
For more information on how to get ready for your parent-teacher conference, check out Understood.org’s collection of parent-teacher conference preparation tips.
Understood.org is an excellent resource for information on attention and learning issues.