Dear Dr. Shore,
After attending a parent-teacher conference, I did not come away with a good idea of what was happening in my daughter's class. I requested -- and have been granted -- permission to observe the class. Would you give me some idea of what to look for during the observation?
Conferences offer only a limited picture of what's happening in a child's classroom -- and children are notoriously poor reporters of school activities. Both your request to observe and the school's granting permission are laudable.
During the observation, be as unobtrusive as possible and avoid making suggestions or providing assistance to the teacher. Remember that you are there to observe, not participate. Before leaving, find something positive to say to the teacher and express your appreciation.
The following list should help you identify what to look for during the observation.