7. BRING YOUR CHILD’S REPORT CARD. Most schools plan parent-teacher conferences for after the first progress reports or report cards are sent home. Review your child’s progress to see if there are any areas in which he may be struggling, or any concerns you would like to discuss.
8. HAVE A LIST. Make a written list of your main questions and concerns. Give a copy to the teacher, and include all of your contact information. If you run out of time, ask that any unaddressed items or concerns be responded to by e-mail.
9. BRING AN ACTION PLAN. Prioritize your concerns and the steps that you feel should be taken to ensure that your child reaches his educational potential for the school year, and give a copy to the teacher. Make sure you leave the meeting knowing the next steps that will be taken to help your child succeed.
Next: Follow Up
This article appears in the Winter 2011 issue of ADDitude.
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