PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES AT CMS

As we prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences on November 2, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a bit of information prior to the date. Our Parent Teacher conferences happen BEFORE we send out report cards. By reversing the order in this way, it is our hope that we can partner with parents to help address problem areas before they make it to the report card. It is also our hope that our conversations are focussed on learning and growth. While marks are one way to talk about learning and achievement, we believe we can add richness to the conversation when we focus on learning and growth. This is especially true in the first reporting period. We look forward to seeing you on November 2. Please call the school to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher(s).

I found this information at Kid’s Health and believe it may be helpful.

Whether it’s your first conversation with the teacher or one of many, it can help if you go prepared. Know ahead of time how your child is doing and what you want to discuss. Even if you know all is well, attending conferences shows your kids that you’re interested in how they do in school. These tips can help you make the most of those important meetings:

  • In the weeks ahead of a conference, check in with kids about how they’re doing on homework and in each subject. Review homework and any recent projects, tests, quizzes, report cards, or progress reports.
  • Ask if there are questions or issues your child wants you to discuss with the teacher.
  • Plan to bring something to take notes with (paper and pen or a laptop or other device).
  • Share a few things about your child with the teacher — interests, strengths, favorite subjects — to help the teacher know your child better.
  • Write down questions or topics you’d like the conference to cover. Depending on your situation, you may want to ask about:
    • whether your child is meeting grade-level expectations (not how he or she compares with peers)
    • educational testing if your child is struggling
    • what the teacher sees as your child’s strengths and challenges and how these are being addressed
    • other services to help your child grow as a learner
    • making a plan to check in regularly if there are any learning or behavior problems
    • your child’s work habits, independently and in large- and small-group instruction
    • how your child gets along with other students in class and during lunch, recess, phys-ed, and other classes
  • If any school-related problems arise, contact the teacher or other school staff by phone or email. You don’t have to wait until parent-teacher conference time to handle your concerns.
  • http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/parent-teacher-conferences.html.

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