Sunday, February 13, 2011

Parent/Teacher Conferences: When 10 minutes isn't enough

Sometimes there seems to be more information to share than the allotted 10-15 minutes plugged in for Parent/Teacher conferences. Both you and the teacher know this and try to get as much info in as possible. Sometimes the results are blips of bad news, or quickly reviewed strengths and some goals. All of this is a good place to start. Take a step back and view the conference as a check up point and a springboard for more in depth communication later if you are feeling that there is more you'd like to discuss. Pressuring the teacher into discussing difficult things in their tight schedule will be counter productive. Build the relationship with your child's teacher as a team surrounding the child, and have a list of concerns and positives you'd like to have a chance to talk to the teacher about. If you feel there is more to discuss, ask to schedule a meeting with the teacher when you both have more time. Connect via e-mail and schedule a meeting based on the conference "Springboard".

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