How to Succeed at Parent-Teacher Interviews
Parent-teacher interviews. Those three words can raise stress levels among both students and parents. But whether parents love or loathe parent-teacher interviews, the interview is an important part of taking an active role in a child’s school success. Making the parent-teacher interview an informative, rewarding and stress-free experience is not as difficult as it may seem, but it does require a little prep work.
“Parents should go into the interview informed,” says Janet Klassen of Oxford Learning Regina. “It’s not enough to just show up. Parents need to have read the report card thoroughly and arrive with questions that will help them gain better insight into how their child is doing in school.”
Klassen recommends that parents review their child’s report cards and recent schoolwork and then compare. Do the homework grades reflect the grades on the report card? If there are discrepancies, parents should take note of them, bring examples and be prepared to discuss their concerns at the interview.
Also, Klassen suggests talking to your child about his or her classroom experience. “When parents are in doubt, they should go to the source. Who knows better about your child’s classroom behaviour than your child? Ask your child if there is anything that you should know about. This information can keep you from getting blindsided when you meet with the teacher.”
During the meeting Klassen advises parents to remain calm, take notes and identify goals. Parent-teacher interviews are relatively short as teachers only have a limited amount of time to spend with each family. Taking notes and identifying goals will help parents remember any issues that were discussed and provide help in deciding which course of action to take. “It is important for everybody to agree on the same goals. After all, parents and teachers are partners in a child’s success.”
Quick Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Interviews
Oxford Learning offers these tips on how parents can have successful parent-teacher interviews. More tips are available at oxfordlearning.com.
- Remain calm
- Don’t be confrontational
- Ask for suggestions
- Ask for tips on what you can do at home to support your child
- Keep questions specific: don’t ask, “How is Timmy doing?” Ask instead, “Is Timmy doing well in math?”
- Take notes
- Follow up
Founded in 1984, Oxford Learning uses innovative approaches to learning that have helped thousands of students to reach their educational goals. Customized programs based on the science of cognitive development help children to develop the skills they need to succeed in school while they develop the confidence they need to succeed in life.
Do you have questions about your child’s report card or parent-teacher interviews? Get answers at Oxford Learning Regina.
In 2020, Oxford Learning Regina is celebrating 20 years in business! You are invited to attend a come and go open house on Saturday, January 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. That is also Family Literacy week, so we will be focusing on activities and fun on Family Literacy. Please join us for this celebration!
Janet Klassen, Centre Director
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