10. RESPECT THE NEXT PARENT. If you run out of conference time, schedule a follow-up meeting to address concerns that still need to be discussed.
11. THANK THE TEACHER. Teachers don’t get paid for the additional time, attention, or effort they put into helping our kids. They are underpaid and under-appreciated for what they do.
12. FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR CHILD. A parent-teacher conference is an opportunity to praise the accomplishments and effort your child has made, and to discuss any areas that may need improvement. Use this opportunity to create short- and long-term goals, reinforcements, and expectations.
This article appears in the Winter 2011 issue of ADDitude.
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