6 Tips to Maximize Student Conferences

6 Tips to Maximize Student Conferences
A student and teacher work together in class.

Want to get the most of out of your student conference? Here are six tips to help you build a stronger partnership with your child's school and teacher.

Be prepared.

Before the conference, ask your child what they are most proud of at school so far this year. Also, review your child's grades and attendance

Tell the teacher about your child.

You know your student best. Share information with your student’s teachers to help them better support your student at school. This may include their likes and dislikes, strengths and needs and information about home life.

Celebrate success.

Focus on your student's achievements. It's important not to get hung up on comparing your child to other students in the classroom or your family. The personal growth of your student should be the focus.

Ask about your child's emotional and social well-being at school.

Ask questions to help you get a better sense of your student's emotion and social well-being. How a student interacts with peers can have an impact on academic success.

Create a plan.

Find out when your student is showing their best focus in class and when they need more support. Partner with the teacher and create a plan to support your student to do their best to achieve academic goals. 

Keep the partnership strong.

Don't let student conferences be the only time you communicate with your child's teacher. Ask your student's teacher the best way to reach them and let them know how you prefer to communicate. Use student conferences as a foundation to build trust and partnership between home and school.