It is the time of the school year when fall athletics are coming to an end, Halloween preparations are being made and the first grading period is complete.
With the conclusion of the grading period comes parent/teacher conferences; an opportunity for parents and teachers to review what has transpired during the quarter.
As a parent myself, I believe it is important for parents to schedule a time to meet with their child’s teacher. Parent/teacher communication is crucial when it comes to the academic success of your child. Knowing and understanding what is going on in the classroom is paramount to helping your child succeed academically.
First, let me say if there is an apparent problem now, don’t wait until conferences. Schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher and begin working on a plan to help improve the situation.
When attending the conference with your child’s teacher, come prepared to listen to what the teacher has to say. Your child’s teacher is with the student six hours a day so what they observe is crucial to developing an educational plan.
Ask questions when the teacher is finished and then begin to plan on what can be done at home and at school.
Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for an additional time to meet. A 15- to 20- minute conference may only begin the dialog between you and your child’s teacher.
In addition to your child’s teacher, other school personnel who have additional expertise may be helpful. Talking with the guidance counselor, classroom tutors and even the principal may help you to find the best way to plan for your child’s academic success.
Communication between your child’s teacher and yourself should be a very positive experience.
A teacher’s reward is the success of her/his students. Your child is important to all of us. We look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences.
Walt Klimaski is president of Norwalk Catholic School.