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1 Can We Talk? Effective Parent Teacher Conferences at Every Grade

2 Parent-teacher conferences happen every year. Dont take this opportunity for granted! This is one of the most important things you can do to help your student achieve!

3 Did you know school and home are two of the most important areas of influence in a childs life? Can We Talk?

4 What happens in either place can impact a students ability to achieve. Can We Talk?

5 Communication between home and school can be hard to manage… but you have to try!

6 Can We Talk? P a r e n t C o n f e r e n c e T o d a y D o n t m i s s i t !

7 Can We Talk? There may be things happening at school that only the teacher can tell you..

8 Can We Talk? …and things happening at home that only you can express.

9 Can We Talk? The parent-teacher conference is the place to do it.

10 If your child is working on grade level. How well your child is performing on tests. If your child is behaving and adjusting socially. The Teacher knows…

11 Your childs strengths and weaknesses in class. The upcoming important assignments The best way for you to communicate with him/her.

12 Y o u r c h i l d b e t t e r t h a n a n y o n e e l s e ! Y o u r c h i l d s a f t e r s c h o o l a c t i v i t i e s Y o u r c h i l d s h o p e s a n d d r e a m s A b o u t y o u r c h i l d s h o m e l i f e You know…

13 T h e d i f f i c u l t i e s y o u r c h i l d m a y b e e x p e r i e n c i n g i n s c h o o l. Y o u r c h i l d s s p e c i a l m e d i c a l n e e d s. T h e b e s t w a y f o r t h e s c h o o l t o c o n t a c t y o u.

14 The Dog Ate My Conference Schedule and other common myths that keep parents from attending their childs conference. And Now a Special Presentation

15 Myth #1 I just dont get along with my childs teacher. He doesnt like me and I dont like him. We dont have anything to talk about.

16 Myth Buster WRONG! You have lots to talk about. No matter how hard teachers and parents work towards partnership, occasional problems are unavoidable.

17 Myth Buster Dont let problems interfere with your job of being your childs strongest advocate. Too much is at stake!

18 Myth Buster It is possible for parents and teachers to work together if the focus remains on whats best for the student, and off of personal feelings.

19 Myth #2 My children are in middle and high school. They dont do conferences anymore.

20 Myth Buster WRONG! 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 childs teachers instead of being one-on-one.

21 Myth Buster The same important information will be discussed but you will have the added benefit of getting the collective feedback of your childs teachers.

22 Myth #3 Dont I have to wait until November to have a Parent-Teacher Conference?

23 Myth Buster NOT AT ALL! You can have a parent-teacher conference any time of the year. If you have a concern about your childs performance you need only to give the teacher or guidance counselor a call to make an appointment.

24 Myth Buster Remember, conferences dont always have to be face to face. You can always discuss issues over the phone or by .

25 Myth #4 My child gets good grades in school. Do I still need to go to a parent-teacher conference?

26 Myth Buster YES, 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.

27 Myth Buster By talking face-to-face, families can get more in- depth knowledge of how well their child is progressing.

28 Myth Buster At a conference, parents can see work samples and hear descriptions of their childs academic, social, emotional and behavioral development. Parents can share firsthand what they have experienced at home.

29 Tips for a good Conference… Start the conference on a positive note.Start the conference on a positive note. Before you arrive, write down the items you want to discuss during the conference.Before you arrive, write down the items you want to discuss during the conference.

30 Tips for a good Conference… During the conference, take notes so you wont forget what was said.During the conference, take notes so you wont forget what was said. Dont be afraid to ask questions. Keep asking until you understand.Dont be afraid to ask questions. Keep asking until you understand.

31 Tips 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. 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.Commit to listening with an open mind. Even if there are problems to discuss.

32 Remember, you are your childs best and most important advocate. Dont miss this chance to connect with the school.


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