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Parent Teacher Conferences - Feb.11th and Feb. 12th

***Tips for Conferences*** 

Know what your most important question is going into the conference.
This has never been more crucial than in high school. The teachers may have as many as 30 or 40 other students in the class and time is even more limited at these conferences. You want to make sure you get the main question answered. How is he doing? Is there anything I can do? Or anything I need to know?

Listen as much as you can.
These conferences are likely to be very short and to the point on how your scholar is performing in this one specific subject, and you want to try to absorb as much as possible. You are likely to be going to multiple classes, and you want to make sure you know how your child is performing in all of them. Take notes. You may even want to ask to record the conversation so you remember everything correctly after the meeting.

Ask the teacher how much time your scholar should be spending on his class per night.
In high school, parents are often less aware than in middle or elementary school of what is needed for homework. Ask how long it should be taking your child to complete homework at night, and compare that with how long it actually takes.

Ask about work completion specifically "formative vs summative" work.
As in middle school, you want to ask your child’s teacher if he is turning his work in on time and if he is completing the assignments. This is especially important in the first year of high school, as your child transitions to an even more rigorous workload than in middle school. Developing time-management skills that will be crucial in high school and beyond will help the transition go smoothly and prepare your child for the years that follow.

Ask about extracurricular activities and schoolwork.
In high school, students often take on more extracurricular activities, and it is important to ask the teacher if your child appears to have enough time to devote to school time. While extracurricular activities are important to building your scholar’s secondary education applications and contribute to a well-rounded young adult, they shouldn’t come at the expense of grades.