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posted: 11/1/2012 1:00 AM

Parent-teacher conference tips

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Overall advice: Take an interest in your child's academics. Take pride in seeing examples of his or her assignments. Bring that enthusiasm home when you tell your child about the conference. Show your interest as he or she presents work during a student-led conference. Find out ways to supplement what's taught in the classroom with materials or discussions at home. Leave your conference on a positive note and continue to discuss school activities with your child throughout the year.

Pre-K: Be open to what the teacher says about your child. If you have any concerns, find out about available resources.

K: Social ability is as important as intellectual growth. Find out how your child is fitting in -- who they socialize with and if their actions are age-appropriate.

First: Reading development is stressed. What tips are there for at-home activities? Has my child prepared well for tests?

Second: Are there any noticeable changes in attitude? What subject does my child seem to like best? What is challenging?

Third: Working independently is a new skill. What are the homework expectations? Is my child participating in class? Following instructions?

Fourth: Does behavior at home match the teacher's observations? Are directions understood and acted upon?

Fifth through eighth: Set goals for your child's progress. Are completed assignments as detailed as requested? Is work thoughtful and original?

High school: Students should take charge of their progress. Do they need help with time management? Are they using their assignment notebooks? Do they need direction in setting goals?

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