TDSB Fact Sheet for Parent-Teacher Interviews
TDSB FACT SHEET – PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS BY Shelley Laskin
During the interview:
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.”
Use your list of questions to make sure you haven’t left anything out.
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.
If there is a particular troubling concern you may need to develop an action plan together.
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.
Ask the teacher about the classroom rules, homework, and student expectations.
Ask about your child’s work habits, behaviour, participation, and learning style.
Highlight your child’s strengths. We all have weaknesses, but we build from our strengths.
After the interview:
End the interview on a positive note and keep in regular contact with the teacher to follow-up on the
mutually agreed plan.
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.
Stay involved in the life of the school and classroom to better support your child.
How is your child getting along with other children?
What are the children working on right now in class?
Is there anything the teacher feels your child needs extra help or practice with at home?
How are grades determined/ how will your child be evaluated?
What will you cover in this grade or subject area this year?
Are your concerned about any particular are of learning for my child?
What are your expectations for homework? Has my child missed any assignments?
How are my child’s work habits? Is the time in class spent well?
Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?
Is my child able to do the math you would expect for a student in this grade?
Is my child in different groups for different subjects? Why?
Has my child missed any classes other than the ones I contacted the school about?
Does my child come prepared for class (e.g., arrives with pen, paper/notebook, etc)?
Does my child qualify for any special programs or additional supports (e.g., gifted, learning disabilities, English as a
Does my child get along well with the other students in the class? What is his/her attitude towards school, peers and
What can I do at home to help my child be more successful at school?
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)
How do I inform the school about my child’s allergies?