Parent Teacher Communication
You've got only a few minutes to talk to the third-most important adult in your child's life, so what parent teacher conference questions do you ask? Actually, it's what the teacher says that's most important
Maybe it's squeezing into those small desks and chairs. Or the lingering fumes of drying glue and paint. Whatever the reason, the parent-teacher conference—a grade-school ritual that occurs at least once every school year—leaves many parents nervous and baffled. You go in determined to extract crucial information, but the teacher doesn't automatically hand over the goods in a way that makes sense.
With both parties dancing around sensitivities—you don't want to offend the teacher with suspicious questioning; the teacher is loath to criticize your kid—the unfortunate result can be botched communication and a waste of time. “A conference is your first real opportunity to form an alliance that will actually enhance your child's education,” says Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Ed.D., professor of education at Harvard University and author of The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Each Other. To get the most out of these precious moments, follow this lesson plan.