TDSB Fact Sheet for Parent-Teacher Interviews

TDSB FACT SHEET – PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS BY Shelley Laskin

During the interview:
ƒ Be clear about what you want out of the interview at the beginning. For example: “Thank you for
Meeting with me. I would like to discuss my daughter’s progress in math.”
ƒ Use your list of questions to make sure you haven’t left anything out.
ƒ Don’t hesitate to make notes while the teacher is talking so that you will remember what he
or she said once you get home.
ƒ If there is a particular troubling concern you may need to develop an action plan together.
ƒ Listen carefully; be open to other points of view; you both want the best for your child. It is difficult
to stay focused on your child if either of you is defensive.
ƒ Ask the teacher about the classroom rules, homework, and student expectations.
ƒ Ask about your child’s work habits, behaviour, participation, and learning style.
ƒ Highlight your child’s strengths. We all have weaknesses, but we build from our strengths.

After the interview:
ƒ End the interview on a positive note and keep in regular contact with the teacher to follow-up on the
mutually agreed plan.
ƒ Most children are aware of these interviews and may be anxious about them – as soon as possible
you should talk to your child about what was discussed and how you and the teacher will work
together to support his or her learning.
ƒ Stay involved in the life of the school and classroom to better support your child.

Sample Questions
ƒ How is your child getting along with other children?
ƒ What are the children working on right now in class?
ƒ Is there anything the teacher feels your child needs extra help or practice with at home?
ƒ How are grades determined/ how will your child be evaluated?
ƒ What will you cover in this grade or subject area this year?
ƒ Are your concerned about any particular are of learning for my child?
ƒ What are your expectations for homework? Has my child missed any assignments?
ƒ How are my child’s work habits? Is the time in class spent well?
ƒ Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?
ƒ Is my child able to do the math you would expect for a student in this grade?
ƒ Is my child in different groups for different subjects? Why?
ƒ Has my child missed any classes other than the ones I contacted the school about?
ƒ Does my child come prepared for class (e.g., arrives with pen, paper/notebook, etc)?
ƒ Does my child qualify for any special programs or additional supports (e.g., gifted, learning disabilities, English as a
Second Language)?
ƒ Does my child get along well with the other students in the class? What is his/her attitude towards school, peers and
adults?
ƒ What can I do at home to help my child be more successful at school?
ƒ Can you explain school terminology/methods for instruction? (e.g., schools have so many different programs which may
be confusing, for example DEAR – stands for Drop Everything And Read Time – developed as a fun way to put
more emphasis and importance on reading. Don’t be afraid to ask what something means)
ƒ How do I inform the school about my child’s allergies?

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