You just received a memo from your child's school: your parent-teacher conference has been scheduled. So what do you ask? Keep in mind that your child's teacher has scheduled only a set amount of time to talk, so you will want to use every second wisely. Your goal is to find out not only how your child is doing in school, but also how you can help.
There are a few things you can do before the conference to make the most of your meeting with the teacher.
Here are a few questions to ask that will help you assess how well your child is doing. Add your own queries and concerns to the list. Your goal is to try to get an accurate assessment of how your child is doing academically -- and also socially and emotionally.
Then go home, share what you learned with your child, and commit to doing what you discussed. If appropriate, write a note to the teacher thanking her for her time and advice.
Michele Borba, a Parents advisory board member, received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco; an MA in Learning Disabilities and a BA from the University of Santa Clara; she earned a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.