Excellent question. What do you want to know? The teacher is with your child for many hours each day and sees them respond to many different situations: social, emotional and academic. You might choose to start by listening to the teacher's observations, and then have follow up questions based on what you hear. If the teacher is insightful they will have some good recommendations for you in the areas they see your child might be struggling, or need more of a challenge in. If you have any concerns, raise them. You can say "I"m seeing XYZ at home, are you seeing that in class?" or "I'm concerned about ABC, do you have any suggestions for me at home?" The vast majority of teachers really want to help your student, and they understand what an impact you as the parent has on their performance in school, so approach the conference as one team member conferring with another. Each child is unique, and your conference will be too.
at 3:21 PM on Dec. 9, 2010