Teacher Tip for a Productive Parent Teacher Conference

Ways to have a successful parent teacher conference
Parent teacher conferences seem to come up quickly each year. November appears to be the universal month to meet with parents and discuss how their child is progressing in the classroom.


In my school, parents are afforded an eight-minute session that they can attend for either a few hours one weeknight or during a school day. At times, eight minutes can fly. Other times it seems to be an eternity. In the past, I would have a conversation with the parent. Most times, I had already spoken with the parent via telephone or email several times. While this method seemed to work most of the time, some conferences had to end too quickly, or I realized I failed to mention something.

Using a communication system for parent teacher conferences

I developed a quick form to fill out for each student to give parents important information.

This sheet was perfect because it kept me on track and ensured that parents had important information to walk away with. The sheet also makes sure that you are accentuating someone positive. This will keep the meeting balanced and allow the parent to walk away feeling like you have a true sense of their child. 

Conducting a successful parent teacher conference
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