posted Nov 5, 2016, 8:00 AM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 8:04 AM ]
As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher.  You and your child's teacher both having something in common!  You both want your child to learn and do well.  When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child's talents and needs.  Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child.  Conference time is the perfect way to start talking to your child's teachers. First, be sure to log in to SKYWARD and sign up for your conference.  Call the school office if you need help scheduling your child's conference.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN DURING THIS TIME WHERE YOUR CHILD IS THE FOCUS!

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your conference time.
  • Review your child's work, grades and progress reports.
  • Talk with your child about his or her progress in school.
  • Talk with your teacher about your child's strengths and needs.
  • Think about how you can help at home support your child's learning at school.
  • Make a list of questions you have so you don't forget.  Conferences go so fast - so having that list will help.
At your conference, you will talk about many of these topics.  Remember, it is a time to learn how your child is doing, how you can support that learning, and to share strengths and needs.
  • Progress:  How is your child doing?  What are his or her strengths?  Needs?  How could she or he improve?
  • Assessments and Class Work:  Ask about the different assessments given so far, and what others are given throughout the year?  How is your child doing?
  • Support Learning At Home:  Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.  Your child learns more when schools and families work together.
  • Support Learning At School:  Remember to be positive with your child about school.  Children do better when school and home work together.
How should you follow up?
  • Make a plan.  Take notes during your conference of what you will do to support your child after the conference is complete.
  • Communicate.  Ask the best way to contact the teacher.  There are many ways to communicate - in person, phone, notes, email.  Find out what works best for both of you.  Check in any time you need information or have a question.
  • Talk to your child.  The conference is all about your child, so don't forget to share information with him or her.  Share what you learned.  Show him or her how you will help with learning at home.  Ask for his or her suggestions for his or her improvement in learning.