Purpose of Parent-Teacher Conferences (02:56)
In a two-way parent-teacher conference, teachers learn about the child's home life, and parents learn about their child from a third-person perspective. Core topics of the conference include academics, social skills, and emotional development.
Preparation for a Parent-Teacher Conference (03:34)
Teachers identify in advance the two or three goals of the conference. Create a written agenda that includes overall impressions of child; academic progress; test scores; achievement goals; and strategic plan. Keep an organized portfolio.
Physical Setting for Parent-Teacher Conference (02:22)
Anticipate special needs, use adult-sized chairs, display student work, and create a clean, organized, but lively classroom setting. Greet parents at the door and invite participation. Budget time carefully and stay focused.
Academic Performance Discussion (03:11)
Use a portfolio to show parents a sampling of student academic work. Discuss teaching style and plan for the student. Elicit information about the child such as hobbies and interests. Avoid jargon and create a relaxing environment.
Discussion of Child's Study Habits (02:19)
In a parent-teacher conference, a teacher elicits information about a child's study habits and ability to stay on task. In a simulated conference, a teacher works with parents on their child's study habits.
Difficult Discussions with Parents (02:24)
In some situations, a teacher must discuss with parents difficult subjects such as holding their child back a grade. In a simulated conference, the teacher, having anticipated difficulty, is prepared for the parent's response.
Discussion of Children's Social Behavior (04:27)
This part of the conference focuses on the child's ability to get along appropriately with peers; express opinions with confidence; know how to resolve conflicts; and have respect for authority. A teacher discusses a child's social behavior with a distra
Teacher Conference with Limited English-Speaking Parent (00:60)
Teachers must anticipate how to communicate with non-native English speakers with little or no language facility. Bring an interpreter to the conference, or speak clearly and slowly.
Good and Bad News in Parent-Teacher Conferences (01:57)
Parents are more receptive to suggestions if they feel the teacher understands their child. Allow parents to express their feelings. In conferences, teachers discuss a child's negative classroom behavior and a child's classroom successes.
Children's Emotional Issues in Classroom Settings (03:02)
Teachers discuss emotional and behavioral issues with parents. Use objective terms; offer observation, and not opinion; avoid diagnostic terms; and make recommendations when necessary.
What Happens After the Parent-Teacher Conference? (03:01)
After the conference, teachers record notes about the conference, including insights, concerns, and recommendations. Keep in touch with parents and keep communication open. Assess the conference in general.
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