Parent-teacher conferences are this week. What are some questions I should ask my child’s teacher? What does the teacher expect from me?
My insight: Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity for you and the teacher to discuss your child’s current skill level. Educators work really hard preparing for the conference. Aside from preparing their daily
lessons and activities, they have also spent a considerable amount of time gathering the appropriate amount of information for your meeting together. You both know your child, but you view your child from different perspectives. Every teacher’s format is different, but often many educators start the conference by listing some of your child’s strengths. As your child’s teacher/team members are talking, here are some questions you can ask to gain better insight:
(1) Tell me about my child’s ____ (you’ll ask any specific skill you are wanting more information about – reading skills, writing, communication skills, play skills, etc.).
(2) Describe how my child is interacting with others?
(3) How can I help support these skills at home?
If the teacher or other professional uses a term you are not sure the meaning of, and you don’t feel comfortable asking what it means, you could say, “Describe what that looks like in the classroom?”
This week, I’ll focus more on fostering a positive relationship with your child’s teacher or therapist.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist