Presentation on theme: "Effective Parent Teacher Conferences at Every Grade"— Presentation transcript:
1Effective Parent Teacher Conferences at Every Grade Can We Talk?Effective Parent Teacher Conferences at Every Grade
2Parent-teacher conferences happen every year. Don’t takethis opportunity for granted!This is one of the most importantthings you can do to help yourstudent achieve!
3Can We Talk?Did you know school and home are two of the most important areas of influence in a child’s life?
4Can We Talk?What happens in either place can impact a student’s ability to achieve.
5Can We Talk?Communication between home and school can be hard to manage… but you have to try!
6Parent Conference Today Can We Talk?Parent Conference TodayDon’t miss it!
7Can We Talk?There may be things happening at school that only the teacher can tell you..
8…and things happening at home that only you can express. Can We Talk?…and things happening at home that only you can express.
9The parent-teacher conference is the place to do it. Can We Talk?The parent-teacher conference is the place to do it.
10The Teacher knows… If your child is working on grade level. How well your child is performing on tests.If your child is behaving and adjusting socially.
11The Teacher knows… Your child’s strengths and weaknesses in class. The upcoming important assignmentsThe best way for you to communicate with him/her.
12You know… Your child better than anyone else! Your child’s after school activitiesYour child’s hopes and dreamsAbout your child’s home lifeYou know…
13You know… The difficulties your child may be experiencing in school. Your child’s special medical needs.The best way for the school to contact you.You know…
14And Now a Special Presentation “The Dog Ate My Conference Schedule”and other common myths that keep parents from attending their child’s conference.
15Myth #1“I just don’t get along with my child’s teacher. He doesn’t like me and I don’t like him. We don’t have anything to talk about.”
16MYTH Myth Buster WRONG! You have lots to talk about. No matter how hard teachers and parents work towards partnership, occasional problems are unavoidable.
17Myth BusterDon’t let problems interfere with your job of being your child’s strongest advocate. Too much is at stake!MYTH
18Myth BusterIt is possible for parents and teachers to work together if the focus remains on what’s best for the student, and off of personal feelings.MYTH
19Myth #2“My children are in middle and high school. They don’t do conferences anymore.”
20Myth BusterWRONG! Conferences in middle and high schools are different, but they are still happening.In the upper grades a conference will usually be made up of a panel of your child’s teachers instead of being one-on-one.MYTH
21Myth BusterMYTHThe same important information will be discussed but you will have the added benefit of getting the collective feedback of your child’s teachers.
22Myth #3“Don’t I have to wait until November to have a Parent-Teacher Conference?”
23Myth BusterMYTHNOT AT ALL! You can have a parent-teacher conference any time of the year. If you have a concern about your child’s performance you need only to give the teacher or guidance counselor a call to make an appointment.
24Myth BusterMYTHRemember, conferences don’t always have to be face to face. You can always discuss issues over the phone or by .
25Myth #4“My child gets good grades in school. Do I still need to go to a parent-teacher conference?”
26Myth BusterYES, YOU STILL NEED TO GO! The report card is just a snapshot of how a child is progressing in school, the parent-teacher conference is like a full color DVD.MYTH
27Myth BusterBy talking face-to-face, families can get more in- depth knowledge of how well their child is progressing.MYTH
28Myth BusterAt a conference, parents can see work samples and hear descriptions of their child’s academic, social, emotional and behavioral development.Parents can share firsthand what they have experienced at home.MYTH
29Tips for a good Conference… Start the conference on a positive note.Before you arrive, write down the items you want to discuss during the conference.
30Tips for a good Conference… During the conference, take notes so you won’t forget what was said.Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Keep asking until you understand.
31Tips for a good Conference… At the end of the conference, recap what was talked about. Pay special attention to those things each of you said you would do and the deadlines.Commit to listening with an open mind. Even if there are problems to discuss.
32Remember, you are your child’s best and most important advocate Remember, you are your child’s best and most important advocate. Don’t miss this chance to connect with the school.