We are quickly reaching the quarter mark of the 2019-2020 school year at Shanghai Community International School, leading way to our first parent conferences. Conferences provide a meaningful time to have important discussions about your child’s personal and academic growth. It is also a fantastic opportunity to grow the home-school relationship and begin setting goals for the remainder of the semester. The first of two scheduled, the mid-semester parent-teacher conferences are designed to give you insight into your child’s learning journey and the progress they have made since the beginning of the school year. Here are tips on what you can expect during these conferences so you can make the most of parent-teacher conferences.
What should you expect?
A two-way conversationExpect to talk and listen during parent-teacher conferences. The conference is a time to learn about your child’s progress in school and find out if he/she is meeting expectations. This is also a good time for teachers to learn about your child and how they are at home.
Emphasis on learningConferences will focus on how well students are doing in school and how they can improve. Have a look at your child’s homework, tests, and assignments before the conference and prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.
Opportunities and challengesTeachers want our students to succeed and so be ready to hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child take on his/her challenges.
What should you talk to teachers about?
Progress Find out how your child is doing in his class. Ask what his/her strengths and weakness are and if there is room for improvement.
Assessments Ask to see examples of assignments and how teachers give grades.
Your thoughts on your child As parents, you have different perspectives to share, so be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at and not so good at.
Support learning at home Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.
Information you obtain from the conference can help you engage with your children about what they are learning in the classroom. What’s more, you will be able to support their learning and development in meaningful ways.
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