Parent Teacher Interviews
Helpful Hints for Parent-Teacher Interviews
The interview, whether face-to face, zoom or telephone, is an opportunity for parent/carer and teacher to discuss challenges and to identify opportunities to assist the student reach their potential.
Did you know?
- Some teachers experience more anxiety about their relationships and interactions with parents than any other aspect of their job.
- Some parents can feel negative feedback about their child is a criticism of their parenting.
- Sometimes to minimise potential conflict parents or teachers may minimise or withhold information about the child.
How to make the most of the time allocated for the interview.
- Before the interview review the most recent school report and speak with your child to help you identify any challenges they may be facing.
- Ask your child about how they feel they are performing in that class.
- What is your favourite thing about this class?
- What is your least favourite thing?
- What do you think the teacher will say about you?
- Reflect on your child’s answers and compare them with the school report.
- Make a list of areas to discuss with the teacher.
- During the interview refer to your list, take notes and ask for suggestions from the teacher.
- Raise issues that are concerning you or your child.
- Be open about discussing challenges that your child or family are facing.
- Ask if there are opportunities to assist your child.
- Agree on a plan and timeframe for action.
- If you feel there is not enough time to complete the discussion arrange for another meeting.