Tips for Parent Conferences
Invite both parents. Encourage parents to attend conferences if possible. Misunderstandings are less frequent if both parents hear what they have to say, and you can evaluate the type of support that parents give the child. (Of course, remember that mother and father may not be available.) Today, when 60 p.oo. adult women working outside the home, this is not perhaps the mother is available.Many children come from households with a Only parent, there may be damage to the feelings of a child always asking to meet with the “mother”.)
Make early contact. You will get your relationship with parents to get off to a good start by communicating with them earlier in the year, perhaps with a note or bulletin sent home to all students. Give parents an idea of what their children are going to study, and let them know that you will be happy to meet during the year. (Make sure you tell how and when you can be contacted for conferences.)
Leave enough time. Give yourself enough time for the meeting. Twenty to thirty minutes is generally sufficient. If you have to hold consecutive conferences, make sure you have enough time between them (about 10 minutes) so you can take the necessary notes at the conference you just finished and prepare the next one.
Be prepared for questions. Be prepared to answer specific questions that parents may have. They can ask questions such as: – What level of skill of my child?
– Is my child working at his or her ability level?
– How is my son in specific areas?
-Dous my son because in trouble?
– Does my child have specific skills or knowledge in school work?
Prepare your documents in advance. Assemble your laptop, your test papers, student work samples, attendance records, and other pertinent information set forth in advance. This way, you will not be dealing with the stacks on your desk during the meeting.
Plan the future. Consider an overview, but flexible as to what you are going to say, including a survey of student progress, a review of strengths and needs, and a proposed action plan.
Greet the parents near the entrance they are going to use. It will alleviate anxiety and frustration (there is nothing more confusing for the uninitiated than walking in similar aisles of school trying to find the right kind) and ensures that parents feel welcome.
Receives the correct name. Do not assume Jennifer’s mother is Mrs. Peabody. She could be married since Jennifer was born. Review your documents in advance to make sure you have the parents’ names right. And do not assume that the ridiculous gray-haired knight happens to Johnny’s grandfather. It could be his father or uncle. Ask softly. Try not to talk to your son Smith “Stan” when your son is called “Steve”.
Avoid physical barriers. Do not sit behind your desk while parents force you to press on the children’s desks in the front row or miss them miserably on folding chairs. Arrange a conference style seat if possible so you can be together all the same.
Open with a positive note. Start conferences with a warm, positive note for all relaxes. Begin with a positive statement about the child’s abilities, work or interests.
Structure of the session. As soon as parents arrive, review the structure of the conference – why, what, how and when, so you have both a “program”.
Be specific in your comments. Parents can dive if only generalities are negotiated. Instead of saying, “She does not accept responsibility,” she stresses the problem by stressing: “Amanda took a week to complete her report, but only wrote two paragraphs.”