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How I make the most out of a Parent Teacher Conference.

Are you a parent like me, who becomes a bit anxious when the parent teacher conference (PTC) is approaching?? We all know that PTC  just lasts a few minutes and it is such a important time and a great opportunity to help our child do his/her best at school!
There are so many queries running in my mind,  about which I wait to talk to the teacher during the Parent Teacher Conference and I am sure many of you experience the same 🙂

To make optimum use of that little time I get with the teacher, to ensure all my questions are answered, all my doubts are cleared, I have come to believe that it’s important to work with your child’s teacher, as a team, in order to bring the best out of your child.

Attending a Parent Teacher  Conference,  helps build a relationship with the school and teacher.
Preparing and making notes the previous day, on things that need to be discussed at the Conference helps us stay organized and ensures maximum usage of the time.
Here below are some questions listed which I’m sure will be of use for most of you:
* What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
* Do I need to know anything specific about my child?
* How are his social and emotional quotients? Is he or she a happy child in general?
* How is my child’s relationship with his peers? Who are his friends?
* How does my child handle his challenges?
* Is my child performing at his/her best?
* What are the areas that he requires improvement on?
* How can I help him at home?
* How does my child participate in the class?
*Has there been any drastic change in him?
*How has his progress path been?
Talk to other teachers like sports coaches, lunch room teachers and others if any.

Such parent-teacher interactions provide both the parties a platform to clear mutual doubts and get to know each other well, which works for the betterment of the kid.
Relax and be yourself. Don’t get defensive. Listen, not hear. Teachers are professionally trained to teach, observe and suggest areas of development. Make sure you understand what the teacher says and if not, clarify it on the spot.
Share your concerns and ask what can be done to address them. Any differences you might spot, respectfully discuss with each other and plan further action. Be clear on the next steps, the role you need be playing and how to monitor the progress.
At the end the the Conference, make sure you thank the teacher for his/her valuable inputs, irrespective of the meetings’ outcome.

 

Author: Gayathri Vamsi

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Gayathri is passionate about Kids Education and Activities that offer a constructive and effective learning environment for kids. As a mother of two young boys,  she is constantly learning different ways of creatively engaging them in activities where they learn, grow and enjoy doing that,  at the same time. She homeschooled her kids when she lived in the US. Gayathri is the founder of Buzzing Bees,  a venture where she extends her passion to become available to the community.

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