Monday, November 2, 2015

The Conferences Are Coming!


They’re almost here! Parent-Teacher conferences can be tricky, because there’s so little time and much to share with parents. But they don’t have to be nerve-wracking. This month I’m linking up with Angie (Lucky Little Learnersand Ashley (Schroeder Shenanigans in 2ndto share some of my best tips.

Greet parents as soon as they enter! Make sure to get up to give them a handshake and smile. This will help set a positive tone for the meeting.

Once it's time to have a seat, sit alongside parents, rather than across from them. 

Have an agenda to ensure that I stay on track. I can easily go off on a tangent, so it's imperative that I know exactly what I need to go over with parents. This is something you can share with parents or keep to yourself (whatever works best for you). 

Know exactly what you want to say regarding each student. It's important to be prepared and knowledgeable about each child. Share something that the child is doing well and a goal that he or she should work towards next trimester/quarter. 

I used to record my notes on index cards, but moved to more detailed notes. You can click {HERE} to get a copy of this for yourself.

Record any and all notes that require a plan of action or follow-up. You want parents to know that you care and that you're on the ball. Then, make sure to touch base with them once you've addressed the concern or  problem. I usually print this page on bright colored paper and post it next to my desk, so I don't forget (because I forget EVERYTHING). #forgetful

I'm sharing ALL of my parent-teacher conference goodies with you for free! Yeup! Enjoy and good luck! I hope your conferences go smoothly.  Click {HERE} to get all of the pages.

Do you have any of your own tips or goodies to share? Link up below!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the parent conference notes template! I always write on stickies and then don't remember 1/2 of them :)