2 Important Things for Your Next Parent Teacher Conference
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to Parent-Teacher Conferences. Teachers spend so much time with my kids that I need their insight as my child is developing.
It’s often thought that these conversations are to share all the stuff your child is not doing right or to simply brag on your child. Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing about my child’s accomplishments. But there is more that parents need to know.
TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO AT YOUR NEXT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
Remember to really listen to what your child’s teacher is saying.
Sadly even for adults listening skills have become very poor. I sometimes find myself wanting to give justification to my child’s behavior and actions when I attend these meetings. I have to intentionally remind myself to listen.
Why do I do that?
This a natural response when we have someone critiquing us, our family, or work we have done. Our kids do it with us all the time when they haven’t completed their chores correctly. They speak instead of listening to what we are saying. While listening to an evaluation we need to learn how to really focus on what is being communicated.
2. Ask questions.
When your child’s teacher is sharing about your child’s performance ask questions that can give you a full picture of not just what they are doing, but how they respond in certain circumstances.
Ask about social behaviors in the classroom and during recess. Kids often act different in as the environments change. We need to know how our children are developing with peers and authority figures.
Teachers have a unique opportunity to see our kids through a lens we don’t often get to see. Take advantage of it.