Parent-teacher conferences are around the corner.  Here in Maquoketa they will be held on October 12 (1:00-6:00 p.m) and October 13 (1:00-8:00 p.m.).  A few bits of advice when approaching your child’s teacher at conferences:

A two-way conversation

The parent– teacher conference is an opportunity for parents to learn about their children’s progress in school and for teachers to gain insights into their students’ home and community lives. Parent perspectives on student strengths and needs, learning styles, and non-school learning opportunities can help teachers shape their instructional methods.

Emphasis on learning

Research shows that family involvement is most effective when it is “linked to learning.” An important goal of the first parent–teacher conference is to develop new strategies to support student learning at school and at home. Teachers should be prepared to discuss the academic progress of their students by using examples of student work and assessments during conferences.

Opportunities and challenges  The tone of parent–teacher conferences should be balanced so that all involved understand what the student is doing well and what he or she can improve upon. Achieving this balance sends the message that your school values student strengths and has high expectations for all.