On every second Saturday of each month or last working day or it may be arranged keeping in mind any special cause for the students. Meeting could also be arranged when found necessary. Date will be mentioned in school diary it is compulsory for the parents to attend PTM falling which the student will hot be allowed to sit in the class. PTMs are quite a compulsion as it works in great leaps to improve Parent – Teacher understanding hence leading to the overall improvement in the performance of the pupil.
Some important points about P-T-M’s
Whether your child is in Primary or Secondary level, the Parent Teacher Meeting is an important time to meet with your child’s teacher(s) in a one to one setting. Furthermore, it lets your child know that you care about their progress and their schools.
At Primary level parents will usually only meet with the child’s class teacher. In Secondary level, however you will meet with all or most of their subject teachers (around six to ten individual teachers). However, at each level the objectives are similar. It is a chance to see how your child is getting on in school, where their strengths and weaknesses lie, how they socialise with other children in the classroom, playground, extra curricular activities etc. It is also a chance for your teacher to learn more about your child in order that you can work together for your child’s success.
Facing our child’s education can be daunting for some parents who carry feelings of anxiety from their own schooldays. However, many parents are surprised to learn that teachers, especially new ones, are equally anxious about meeting parents! So the best way to approach is to be positive and remember you are working on the same team.
The time limit for each parent(s) at the annual Parent Teacher Meeting at Primary level is about 10 to 15 minuets long. And at second level just a few minutes with each subject teacher.
It is therefore important to stick to the time allotted, as it can be irritating for other parents if the teacher’s time is monopolised by a couple of parents. (If there is a lengthy issue to discuss schedule a later appointment)
So, it helps to do a little a little advance work to maximise this valuable time. Here are a few pointers that may help
A Few Pointers
Talk to your child. Let them know about the meeting and ask them if there is anything they would like you raise with their Teacher(s)
(1)If you have any previous reports, check them for progress, trends, repeated behaviour and names of your child’s subject teachers!
(2)Come with prepared questions. Jot them down and anything else you want to raise in order to keep focused.
(3)The teacher will usually start with an outline of your child’s progress and will probably have examples of their work, test marks etc. So try and keep your questions specific and ask the important ones first.