Five ways to master a successful parent-teacher conference

Students have been in school nearly 9 weeks already, some even longer. Thus far, kids have been learning the ropes in the classroom and developing routines both in school and at home.

This is the time teachers want to meet with parents and discuss how to move forward throughout the year, and they do so through a tool designed to promote success: parent teacher conferneces.

Here are 5 ways to make the most of your 15 minute window, according to local teachers.

1. Be early for your appointment. Most teachers will have a lot to discuss.

2. Come prepared. Look over grades online and create a list of questions about your student.

3. Don't tip toe around potentially awkward topics. Both teachers and parents should address problems head on, to find solutions.

4. Be prepared to implement changes at home, like creating a routine to finish homework and looking over assignments after they are graded. Expect those changes to happen after the next grading period, about 9 weeks later.

5. Finally, keep in touch with your child's teacher all year long. Don't be afraid to ask questions or check on your student's progress.

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