10 Questions to ask at the Parent-Teacher Conference: Deciding what your child needs this summer
We love to get questions from proactive parents. The teacher has worked intensively with your child for almost an entire school year and will have insights and information to help you plan for a successful next year. Use the following questions as a roadmap to guide you through this process. Your goal is to gather useful information about the past to use to make the best decisions for your child’s future.
- What are my child’s academic strengths and weaknesses in academics and study skills?
- What are my child’s non-academic (social, emotional, athletic, artistic, etc.) strengths and weaknesses?
- What weaknesses should be strengthened over the summer to prepare for success next year?
- What area, though not a weakness now, without summer maintenance or strengthening, might be a problem next year?
- What are your unconfirmed suspicions, confusions, observations of possible gaps in skills, or other “unknowns” that would benefit from an evaluation to figure out exactly what is going on?
- Did my child score below the 50th percentile on standardized testing? If so, why?
- What teacher characteristics would be a most helpful fit for my child next year?
- How are teachers chosen for students in the next grade? How can I offer input for the best type of teacher for my child?
- What areas of strength or interest would my child benefit from enrichment experiences over the summer?
- What do you consider your most valuable contribution to my child’s development this year? (Follow the answer with, “Thank you!”)
As always with recommendations, individualize them to fit your child, your teacher, and your own personality and goals. Whichever questions you end up asking, speaking with your child’s teacher now is an excellent way to prepare for success this fall.
Please ask! If the information you get is good but not sufficient for making a wise decision about how to best use this summer, call us for expert advice about your child’s specific individual needs.