I like to think of it as my first glimpse into how my children are doing in the school year. True, I check Parent Portal almost daily, but those 15 minutes of one-on-one time with my kids' teachers are so very valuable to me! I always get new insights into my own children during that time! Not only do I find out which subjects they are excelling in or needing a little extra practice in, I find out about their school personality.
I think most of us know what I mean. There's the home personality and the school personality. Sometimes, as parents, we only get to know certain sides of our children. Sure, we get to see our sons and daughters doing many different things, besides being our sons and daughters, but we never get to see them being a student. Most of the time, we never really know what our children are like when they are not with us. During those precious 15 minutes, we get to hear from the one adult that spends almost as much time with them as we do.
I will admit, it's not always easy hearing my child isn't perfect in every way (lol), but I always appreciate honesty and I know that my child's teacher only wants to push my child to be the best that they can be (which, oddly enough, is my exact goal, too!).
So, as conferences begin next Monday and Tuesday, I encourage you to really make the most of those 15 minutes with your child's teacher. Think about any questions you have about your child's academic progress and social interactions. Discuss any concerns you have about those things, as well. Most importantly, remember that you and your child's teacher are on the same side...the side that wants your child to succeed this school year, and in life!