Do we treat the Parent-Teacher(P-T) meetings with the kind of importance they deserve or do we parents treat them as something we are expected to put in an appearance at least once a year?
Children have impressionable minds, and it is important to handle them with utmost care and the P-T meetings are a great way to assess a child’s progress in a non-intrusive manner.
The P-T meetings serve as a bridge between parents and teachers and help them to form a formidable team with a common mission: to gain insights into a child’s progress, not limited to just the academics but also their overall development.
Given the importance of the event and since teachers understand their students best, we present a list of question you may want to ask his/her teacher when you attend the next P-T meeting:
- Does my child lack in social skills: Lack of social skills in children should be treated as a greater concern than a lack of success in academics because it is usually a sign of an underlying problem that needs to be tackled as a matter of priority.
- Is there a sudden marked change in his/her behaviour: Teachers usually notice a sudden change in behavior in children that even parents often fail to notice. The change could be a result of the trauma your child is being subjected to, but suffering in silence.
- What’s my child particularly good at: Ask the teacher about what your child is particularly good at and also not so good at. To turn your child’s talents into opportunities, you need to plan well and it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
- Is my child doing justice to his/her natural talent: Every child is gifted, but it is also important that your child understands the importance of hard work. The teachers at the PT meetings will give you an unbiased assessment to act on.
- What values does the school stand for: Being totally academically oriented may not be enough to help your child become the the morally and ethically sound person all parents want their child to be. A discussion with teachers on the subject is always reassuring.
The last point may well be the single most important question you may want to ask the teachers and the school management because in an age of constant technological innovations and automation, it is a good idea to get your children to focus on soft skills rather than hard skills.
Soft skills are technology-agnostic and prepare your children to be more confident about their abilities and also hone their life skills. And, that, is what getting a good education is about.