5 Ways to Get the Most out of Parent-Teacher Interviews

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Who is interviewing who, do you think?

They can be daunting for new parents, but take it from a veteran (my 1st child is in Yr 12 and my 3rd is in Prep) there’s nothing to them.

Consider this – if there was anything major to tell you, the teacher would already have grabbed you at drop-off/pick-up or written a note in the ‘communications book’, right? OR another parent/kid would have let you know that your kid was up to no good!

Go armed with these conversation starters/questions and you’ll get the most out of your 8 minutes:

  1. Ask if there is anything you could be doing at home to support what the teacher is trying to achieve at school.
  2. Tell the teacher about your child’s home environment/routine in case they can use the information to help understand your child.
  3. Ask if there are any specific areas you should be encouraging more or DIScouraging.
  4. Praise/thank the teacher for keeping your child engaged and happy (there is always something to praise them for – could you imagine spending 6hrs a day with 25 kids?).
  5. Check what sorts of things are coming up for the rest of the year and whether there is anything you can do to prepare your child.

Do you have anything to add? Any parent-teacher stories to share?

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