Every session in school years ends with a PTM that is mandatory for every parent to attend. The first time I got an invitation to the meeting, I remember how much I dreaded attending it despite my son being in pre-nursery. As a parent, it is quite natural to feel this way because it is the time when you get a complete report of your child’s progress and behaviour in school where you are not present to continuously monitor him. It notifies you about how much have you succeeded in doing parenting the right way and instilling morals and values in your child.
These meetings are beneficial for you and your child and shouldn’t be missed or taken casually. You have to follow a strategy and also prepare some points of concern and discussion while keeping the calm and composure. Let’s see a proper approach towards attending a PTM.
1. Keep a record of your child’s Behaviour and Performance
Many schools send worksheets and copies at home for parents to review and asses. Pay attention to those. It will give you a clearer picture of what your child is up to at school and how is he performing in academics or extra-curricular activities. Ask the teacher as to how your kid is doing and work on those points where he lags at home.
2. Be open and Communicate Freely
While attending the PTM, feel free to put forth your questions and discuss them with the teacher. Be honest to whatever she asks from you about your child. Also, tell her where you need her assistance for example, he might not finish his lunch; because a child is very close to his teacher. Listen to what she says and assure her that you will be working on those areas of concern at home too.
3. Jot down Questions and take them along
While having a discussion, you might forget those essential points or questions you had kept in mind for the teacher to answer. Hence, whatever comes in your mind prior to the meeting, write it down and discuss it with the teacher.
4. Show Active Participation
It is very crucial. the body language and gestures you use tell a lot about your participation and attention. Show it by leaning forward and maintain eye contact. Be polite and keep your calm throughout. Light humour is a win-win for any situation and keeps the conversation jolly.
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