How Teachers Work with Parents?. On the Record. 1.Na-Na-Na, Hey-Hey, Goodbye 2. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow 3. Let’s Get It On 4. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 5. Stayin’ Alive. Top 5 Songs describing Parent Teacher Conferences. Objectives.
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1.Na-Na-Na, Hey-Hey, Goodbye
2. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
3. Let’s Get It On
4. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
5. Stayin’ Alive
Top 5 Songs describing Parent Teacher Conferences
1.Be prepared to ask questions about your student. Tapping into the parents’ understanding of their child will give you vital insight.
2.Be prepared to answer typical questions. You might even send out forms ahead of time to elicit parents’ concerns. (See Pre-Conference Form handout)
3.Be prepared with the students’ opinions of how school is
going. (See Student Centered Report card Handout)
4.Be prepared to use specific comments, evidence, and everyday language. (See Comment Ideas handout)
5.Be prepared to stay on time. Everybody’s time is valuable.
6.Be prepared to be on the same team. Voice your concerns AND listen to suggestions. Parents should be treated as equals.
7.Be prepared to take notes so you don’t forget the agreed upon strategy!
1.Relay positive comments about the student’s personality and the unique qualities they have that you admire.
2.Express one or two areas the student needs to work on and provide evidence.
3.Share any classroom observations, information on learning styles, academic standards, grade-level expectations, or other resources you have that will point towards a plan.
4.Put an action plan together with the parent’s input and their own observations about their child.
5.Encourage the parent to ask questions and give them the time to do so.
6.Close the conference with a review of the plan and the agreed upon timeline.
7.Thank the parent for their involvement in their child’s education.
1.Follow through on explaining the plan to the student.
2.Follow through on the plan you put in place.
3.Follow through in communicating the progress your student is making. Make phone calls and notes home routine.
4.Follow through on changing the plan as the student changes.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the parents’ ideas!
Reach Out and Touch
Before the Conference
Document the difficulties.
Communicate your concerns early.
Solicit others' support.
Test out tactics.
At the Conference
After the Conference