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08/09/2017
Each interaction between parents and teachers is important and should be as productive as possible. This article can help a parent prepare to meet their child's new teacher. With some students already back in the classroom and the remaining few soon to follow, so begins a new school year. For most students, especially those moving to senior schools, that means new teachers. For parents or all students, however, it also means meeting a new teacher.

How to Prepare for Your First Parent/Teacher Meeting

From years of providing expert tutoring in Honolulu HI, The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI knows how important it is for a parent and their child’s teacher to connect and communicate as the new school year begins. With this in mind, below is a post on a good way to approach the meeting to ensure it is fruitful and productive.

Be Patient

As unique as your child is, each teacher has many students that they teach throughout the school week, all of whom will also want to meet their child’s instructor, just like yourself. For this reason, it’s important to make early but brief contact with your child’s teacher to arrange a convenient time for you both to meet. Be sure that you don’t leave the arrangement too long, as a teacher’s schedule will become very hectic very quickly.

While You Wait, Make a List

The best thing that you can do with the time while you wait for your arranged date and time is to make a list of all the items that you want to discuss with the teacher. Far too many parents leave a parent/teacher meeting or conference realizing that they forgot to ask a number of questions or resolve a number of their concerns. Start by sitting down and creating a list. Note any concerns that you have about how your child is going to handle challenges throughout the year, take note of any areas where your student thrives that you would like the teacher to nurture or even ways that you want to contribute to the class and to the school. Keep this list with you for the next few days and continue to add to it. For example, you may be in the supermarket trying to work out the percentage of a price and realize that those equations are something that your student struggled with during the previous school year and should be added to your list. Once you are a day or two out from your meeting, sit down and prioritize the items on your list. After all, as much as the teacher will make as much time as possible for you, limited availability means that you may not be able to discuss all of the items on the list. With this in mind, be sure that you place the most important issues or discussion topics at the top and work your way down. Back to school tutoring in Honolulu HI is a great way to boost your child's confidence in their academic abilities and make the transition back to school a smooth one. To learn more, speak with The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI today by calling 808 377 5500.

Listen

The first thing that you should do when you sit down with your child’s teacher is to listen, not speak or raise concerns while they speak, just listen. Just as you will have prepared for the meeting, so too has the teacher. However, the teacher’s role in this meeting is to first provide you with information about themselves, their teaching styles, and what they intend to teach your child throughout the school year. As you listen to the teacher speak, make mental only notes for items that you would like to discuss once they finish or any items that closely link to concerns you have written on your list. Once the teacher has finished providing you with their school year outline, you can jump straight into your list.

Keep to Your List

Fluid discussions have a way of swerving off topic, and this is likely to happen during your discussions with your child’s teacher. As natural as these conversations may be, it’s important that you utilize the face time that you have with your teacher. With this in mind, be conscious that you are sticking to the items on your list and that you are working on them in an order. For example, don’t let a discussion about an item that is number two on your list turn into a discussion about item number seven and forget the important items in between.

Back to School Tutoring in Honolulu HI

Whether your child is already back at school or preparing for the upcoming day, one-to-one tutoring in Honolulu HI can help make the transition back into an educational routine a smooth one. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI by calling 808 377 5500 to learn more about how tutoring in Honolulu HI can help your child.

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