What will I need to do to support my child?
Before the Conference:
· Discuss attendance with both parents/caregiver— each child will run only one conference so all parties need to attend this.
· Book a time and put it in your diary (details notified in school newsletter and an online booking system will be arranged).
· Check the prompts and important things to remember list (below).
On the conference day:
· Come — with your child.
· Listen — your child will do most of the talking.
· Tamariki will be expected to speak and deliver their learning in Te Reo Māori, if you are unsure, it is ok for them to translate into English for you.
· S/he will discuss with you the expected achievement levels, learning activities within the classroom they are working on and current learning goals.
· Prompt to support your child if necessary (prompt cards will be provided in the classroom).
· Enjoy the opportunity to see your child in his/her key learning environment.
· Celebrate your child's progress to date.
· Write a comment in the Visitor's Book or online register
After the conference:
· Continue to celebrate your child's successes and support their goals.
Prompts to support your child:
· What were you learning to do in this piece of work?
· What were the steps you went through to learn this
· What helped you to learn this?
· What do you need to learn next?
· What are you most proud of? Why?
· Tell me where you are in … reading/writing/numeracy
· Which area of learning do you find easiest? Why?
· Which area of learning do you find trickiest? Why?
· What could we do together to help you with this learning?
Important things to remember
Your tamaiti will run this conference—not you, not the teacher! Your child must be here. As part of their regular learning, all tamariki have been putting considerable time and energy into preparing for this. If you cannot attend, please arrange for another significant adult in your child’s life to come to the conference.
The conference is about learning—not behaviour or social issues. (If you or the teacher have concerns here, discussions should already have been held). Make arrangements for the care of any pre-schoolers in your family. It would be unfair to all students in the room to have any distractions as they share their learning. Supervision is available for school age children. We may be filming some of the conferences so that teachers can use this to inform their learning.