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It’s almost that time already. Time to sit down with your child’s teacher for the first parent/teacher conference of the year. For many parents and teachers, it’s the first opportunity of the school year to sit down face to face and discuss everything from curriculum to issues that arise in the classroom. The most important thing of course, is to make sure that you attend this important meeting with your kid’s teacher. And here are the ‘top 5 tips’ on how to make the most of a parent-teacher conference once you arrive!

1) Do your homework – Talking to your child before the conference to find out if he has any questions or concerns of his own can give you ideas of what to address with the teacher.

2) Join forces – Several teachers have said that the best results follow when parents and teachers work together.

3) Open lines of communication – By informing the teacher of possible personal issues that can affect a student’s behavior, you will help the teacher better understand the child and be more equipped to appropriately instruct him.

4) Aim for action – Coming up with an action plan to address academic or behavioral concerns can benefit the parent, the teacher and the student long after the conference is over.

5) Keep in touch – Once an action plan is in place, try to determine how you’ll follow up with the teacher in the weeks and months ahead.

Other tips you can add to help other parents to guarantee a good conference experience?


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