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Parenting day preparation: Tips and Tricks

Here you will find the most important tips and tricks for a good preparation for the parents’ day

No uncertainty before the parents’ day!

Usually twice a year , parents have the opportunity to find out more about their child’s academic performance and general behavior in a direct teacher exchange. For many parents, this appointment triggers a bad feeling. In elementary school, in particular, there is a lack of clarity as to how a parenting day works and what exactly awaits them. Sometimes there is also a vague uncertainty as to whether one’s own behavior or what you say in conversation could negatively influence the teacher’s attitude towards the child.

Your parenting day checklist – from preparation to successful completion

Uncertainties regarding parental consultation days are understandable, but they can also be overcome. Find out here how you can successfully organize the teacher interview:

1. Preparation helps!

On general parental consultation days, the time for the teacher interview is usually very limited. Often only about 10 minutes are scheduled for each parent . So that you can make good use of this time and accommodate all your questions and topics, good preparation is recommended. Think carefully about what you want to learn and which points are important to you. Talk to your child in advance: this way you will get to know your child’s point of view and find out whether they are currently dealing with things that should always be discussed.

2. The conversation: with each other instead of against each other

In order for the conversation with the teachers to succeed, it is important that you conduct open and honest communication together . Pay close attention to the teacher and listen to him. You have the chance to learn a lot about your child as a student. Not only school performance, but also behavior in the class are discussed. In order not to draw a one-sided picture, you should also tell about your school experiences at home. Be it the homework situation, the preparation for class work or school topics that your child particularly likes or does not like to do. All of this is helpful to give the teacher a realistic picture of your child gets. Tell them – even if it is difficult for you – about family peculiarities such as illness, divorce or death in the family. These can explain your child’s school abnormalities and the teacher can adapt to them. The teacher interview should generally not become a mutual indictment. Therefore, make sure you are treated with respect during the entire conversation and do not attack the teacher, even if you disagree. Better express what you want and expect. Through the open exchange, you should perceive the teacher as a partner who, like you, has the learning success of your child in mind.

3. The completion of the preparation: concrete measures and a look into the future in a discussion with parents

Some parents use the Parents’ Consultation Day primarily to be up to date and to get the latest grades. In any case, take a look into the future and ask the teacher where your child can improve and how you can support your child at home . You can also get tips in this regard for special parent training. If you are looking for a conversation with the teacher based on a current problem, formulate specific measures and goals with the teacher at the end of the conversation. It is often helpful to draw up funding plans and check in a follow-up appointment whether improvements have occurred.

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