Parent teacher interviews provide parents with the opportunity to check in on their child’s learning and to ensure that their son is receiving the care and attention he needs.
Although each parent teacher interview varies greatly depending on the parent, teacher and student, there are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that you make the most of your time with your child’s teacher/s.
Here are the top 4 steps to take in order to successfully prepare for parent teacher interviews:
1. Have questions in mind
It’s hard to be put on the spot and it would be a shame to leave the interview wishing that you had asked something that had been playing on your mind for a while. Prepare a few questions beforehand to assist you.
Questions could include:
• Which activities does my son enjoy the most?
• How can I support my son’s learning at home?
• Are there any improvements required in his behaviour?
• What does he contribute to the classroom environment?
2. Speak to your son
Some boys become anxious at the thought of you speaking to their teacher about them. Involve him and ask if there is anything specific that you should speak to his teacher about. This is a great opportunity to hear about any challenges that he might be facing or about the activities and programmes he enjoys at school.
3. Share news from home where appropriate
Your son’s home life has a significant impact on his learning. If there has been a change at home it is important that you advise the teacher so that they can keep an eye on your son at school and act accordingly.
4. Identify your concerns
If you have read something in your son’s school report that you are worried about, or if he has raised concerns with you, list them and bring them to the interview. Ensure that you address these concerns in a respectful manner with the teacher and avoid inferring that the teacher is not doing a good enough job. There might be additional factors or behaviour of which you may not be aware. Listen to what your son’s teacher has to say and work with them to find a solution.
At Trinity Grammar School, we encourage and support open, consistent communication between parents and teachers. After all, both yourself and your son’s teachers have his best interests in mind. Family is at the heart of our school community.
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