Parent Teacher Conferences: The Guiding Principles
The commonly understood purpose of the parent/teacher conference at most schools is to have a discussion of a child's development, abilities, and the identification of future goals. While these aspects will be present in the conferences at BFS as well, we are also establishing a working partnership between teachers and parents.
The Parent Teacher Conference is an opportunity for everyone to better understand a child through their relationships- to the classroom environment, teachers, peers, materials, family members and home routines. As teachers prepare for the conferences, they will look at the whole child through these relationships using the anecdotal notes, photographs, samples work and videos they have made over the last few months of observations of your child at play. They will then confer with their classroom teaching team to talk about what they feel is important to share with families.
- Relationships with family members and family friends
- Ways your child likes to be comforted
- Household routines
- Your child’s play choices at home
- Discipline techniques that work and don't work
- How the child "used to be" as well as how the child is now
Your teacher will share what they know and see, which might encompass:
We hope that you come away from the conference with, not only a deeper understanding of your child’s preschool experience, but also a clearer sense of how open communication with the classroom teachers can support their learning and growth.
- Favorite play and learning materials
- What challenges your child encounters
- How your child interacts with peers and navigates friendships
- Your child's relationships to teachers
- How your child moves within classroom environment
- How your child tells others what he or she is feeling
- What your child talks about during the day
- Areas where your child is self-sufficient, and areas that they might need more adult support
Conferences will last approximately 15 minutes. While we are conscious of maintaining timely visits, please be aware that there may be some flexibility of a few minutes on either side. That said, if you believe you may need more than the allotted, please let your classroom teachers know in advance. Please try to be on time, as late arrivals may have to be rescheduled.