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6 Engaging Questions to Ask at Your Child’s Next Parent-Teacher Conference

Feb 9, 2021

6 Engaging Questions to Ask at Your Child’s Next Parent-Teacher Conference


Although parent-teacher conferences come around every year, they still can be a bit intimidating. You only get a short window of time to address your child's academic and social performance and may have to digest a lot of information about current academic standards and upcoming assessments. Whether this is your 12th conference or your 1st, having questions prepared can help ease some of your worries and help you feel more empowered and at ease. Here are six engaging questions to ask at your child’s next parent-teacher conference.


(1) What is my child’s current skill level in math and does it meet the state’s requirements?

With this first question, you set a foundation by confirming the learning expectations for your child in math and if your child is meeting them. If you don't currently receive frequent progress reports for your child, ask the teacher if they can arrange to provide you with consistent updates regarding your child’s academic performance so you can keep track of improvements as well as notice any decline in their skills.


(2) Will this class review all of the required grade-level subject matter focus (curriculum) for the 2020-21 school year?

Knowing the subject matter your child will learn will help you set realistic expectations for the school year and help your child get a big picture view of how their year will look. Being aware of the curriculum emphasis will also allow you to help your child set specific goals with the teacher to meet the standards by years' end. Ask for a copy of the subject curriculum or how to access it later so you can review it on your own for future reference and be up to date on any upcoming changes to the curriculum emphasis or expectations.


(3) How has my child improved academically this year? Are these improvements on track with what would occur in a “normal” year?

The parent-teacher conference is also an opportunity to learn what your child is doing well or where they are showing the most improvement. This allows you to give your child positive and encouraging feedback while they are also working to strengthen any areas where they may have fallen behind.

With all the changes brought about by Covid-19, it’s important to know if their improvements are happening at a pace that will keep them on target.  If the teacher informs you that your child isn’t quite on track, don’t be alarmed. Your child is not alone. The teacher can work with you to determine the best methods to help your child regain what may have been lost over the previous year.


(4) What skills does my child show strength in? In what subject area does my child need improvement?

Receiving an honest assessment from your child’s teacher regarding their strengths and weaknesses can shed light on learning gaps as well highlight their interests. You may gain new insight into your child’s likes and dislikes from the teacher’s observation.  If you receive less than positive news about your child’s performance, don’t worry. There are resources like Mathnasium to assist you.


(5) Can you recommend how I can work with my child to strengthen what is being taught in class?

The teacher can recommend worksheets or other tools that you can review with your child outside of regular instruction. Additionally, the teacher may recommend introducing a new skill with your child so when the formal lesson is presented your child will already be familiar. Knowing your child’s learning style will help you present the information from the in-class lesson to support their strengths and confidence.


(6) Is my child's classroom and/or online behavior appropriate?

In addition to receiving feedback from your child's teacher, this is a good time to share if there is anything going on at home that the teacher should be aware of, especially now that most of us are home all day with our entire families.  Although it may be somewhat uncomfortable, it is important to share if the child has experienced a life-changing event or anything abnormal going on at home that directly impacts them. It will help the teacher know how to better interact with your child. 


These questions are not all encompassing and may vary in scope based on your child’s grade level and academic priorities. However, questions can serve as a starting point that you can tailor to best meet your child’s needs.

If any math deficiencies are identified during the conference or if it’s determined your child is excelling and simply needs more challenging subject matter, our center is here to help. We offer individualized instruction for kids in grades 2 – 12 in an in-person or online environment. Give us a call or send us an email today to get started. We wish you a successful parent-teacher conference season and school year.