By Jodie Lynn
Whether or not your child is in kindergarten or in high school. Last minute parent/teacher conferences and/or conversations is of immediate importance.
Here are TEN GOLDEN TIPS to remember when going into the end of year parent/teacher conferences that may save those last few weeks for the best academic performance.
#1. When your child comes to you with various complaints, write them down.
#2. Write down concerns of your own as well.
#3. To make sure your conference is not rushed, pick a time to talk with the teacher that best fits both schedules.
#4. Be respectful. Try to stay on track with the allowed time for your assigned conference. If you decide you need more time, reschedule a time to talk with the teacher another day.
#5. Go in with a positive attitude.
#6. Do not blame anyone or anything for personal problems unless you are willing to hear the good, bad and the ugly. Stay calm and come up with a positive plan and goal.
#7. Your child's future will depend on you listening to their story and to the teacher's before forming an opinion or making any type of change.
#8. Fill the teacher in on what you have seen in the past that has worked well for your child.
#9. Volunteer to help the teacher out in some capacity and get to know the classroom, schedule and children in the classroom environment.
#10. Don't be afraid to stand up for your child -- but do not blame others for his/her failure. Come up with a doable plan for success right along the side of the teacher and/or school. Remember, everything the teacher discusses with you is written in a report and kept in your child's school folder which follows him from each grade. In most states you can look at it, but you cannot have a copy. It might be fun to challenge this and ask why. Why not? It's your child they are talking about.
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