Advice for Parents From Teachers

  • Try not to be late and stay within the time scheduled.
  • Introduce yourself. Some adults may be stepparents, non-custodial parents or guardians with different last names.
  • Have specific questions or concerns to discuss. Let teachers know if you disagree or are unfamiliar with something teachers say or do. Give teachers a chance to explain.
  • Realize that the child's experiences at school may be different from what parents experienced when they were students.
  • Avoid blaming teachers if the child has a learning, social or emotional problem. Instead, ask teachers for strategies to motivate or help the child.
  • Tell teachers about past successes. If other teachers have handled your child more easily or with better results, share the information with the teacher.
  • Let teachers know when they’re doing a good job and that you appreciate what they are doing.
  • Listen and ask questions such as: "Does my child pay attention? Participate in discussions? Present any problems?"
  • Understand that teachers may not be able to solve every problem. Bring a friendly, open attitude to the conference. Teachers and parents are working toward the same goal: the child's success.
  • Tell the teacher if you have problems at home that may be related to school.
  • Know how much the teacher values the parent's participation in the conference, especially if the child is having difficulty.
  • When dealing with teenage students, stay involved with your child’s progress in school, even though at this age children tend to push parents away.