Parent-teacher interviews are great opportunities to connect with your child's teacher and shouldn't be missed. The school publishes details about two weeks before the interview times about how to book an interview. This is done using the website schoolinterviews.com.au and a code is given. Parents are able to book a time suitable for them.
Below are some tips fabout getting the best out of your time with the teacher.
Take some time before your meeting to write down any questions you would like to ask or comments you would like to make. Interviews usually run for only 10 – 15 minutes, so it's good to have a reminder of the points you wanted to cover.
Common questions may include:
• How is my child fitting in with other children?
• What are the children working on now in class?
• Is there anything about my child's needs that I should know?
• Does my child ask questions, participate in class discussions/classroom activities?
• Is my child's reading progress satisfactory?
• What activities does my child seem to enjoy the most at school?
• Who are my child's friends?
• Is my child's numeracy progress satisfactory?
• Does my child join in with other children in the playground?
• What kinds of things will the class be doing over the next few weeks?
• Can you tell me the best time and way to contact you if I have a query or concern?
• Do you have any concerns about my child?
• How is my child progressing in comparison to others in his/her year level?
Also, list anything that might be happening at home that may be helpful for your child's teacher to know.
Research demonstrates that parent involvement in their child’s education has a very powerful and positive impact on the effective learning and development of their child. This is always most effective where parents and teachers work in a partnership, characterised by open communication and mutual support.