Top 6 Questions for Parent-Teacher Conferences

With a new school year usually means parent-teacher conferences. These conferences are usually held at the beginning of the school year.

A parent-teacher conference is a great opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher one-on-one.

Going into the meeting prepared can go a long way toward forging a positive and productive relationship. Here are some ideas as to what to ask during the conference.

1. “What areas does my son/daughter need to work on?”

This helps identify weak areas where you can partner with the teacher in helping your child succeed. The teacher’s answer can open the door to discussions about other aspects of your child’s school experience.

2. “How do you measure progress?”

Find out how progress is measured and what that means for your child. You may find out that your child is not working to the best of his/her ability, or that you’ve misunderstood how progress is charted.

3. “Where can I get help for these challenges?”

If your child is facing academic or social challenges, ask where to find help. Your child’s teacher will likely know about tutoring programs and other opportunities that might fit your child’s needs.

4. “What will my child be learning this year?”

Finding out what’s on the curriculum can help you be a partner and advocate for your child’s education experience. In addition, if you know what your child is expected to learn this year, you can have a good idea as to whether or not he/she is progressing.

5. “What can we do at home?”

Ask what you can do specifically to help your child’s academic performance. There may be expectations for parents, too, and it’s good to find out what they are.

6. “How can I help?”

All kinds of research points to the importance of parental involvement in their children’s school. Find out what you can do and where you are needed. Teachers appreciate the help, and by giving your time you can positively impact your child’s school experience.


The parent-teacher conference is a great way to create an open line of communication with your child’s teacher. This is your chance to learn what your child’s teacher is like and forge that important relationship.


Published on: August 21, 2013

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