Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences

September 27, 2016

For most elementary school teachers, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for late fall to discuss the progress of students since the beginning of the school year. While these conferences can be routine behavior for experienced teachers, for new teachers who are just entering the classroom, they can be intimidating. The following tips will help you prepare for a successful conference:

Approach parents with positivity: Parents want to partner with you since you both want what is best for their child. These conferences are a great opportunity for your to put any doubts about a child’s performance aside and really welcome every parent as your strongest ally in working with their child.

Make sure you’re prepared: Sort out your objectives for the conference before the meeting takes place. Think about what exactly you would like to communicate to them and what your ultimate goal of the meeting is.

Be solution oriented: Whatever support you are looking for from the parent, make sure to provide a possible solution to any concern you might have. Always convey a growth mindset and be prepared to offer specific actionable solutions.

Show that you care: For parents, conferences can be just as intimidating as for a new teacher. It’s important to express your caring and compassion for their child, helping them to understand that you are going to do your best to make sure the child succeeds in the classroom.

For additional tips on how to hold a successful parent-teacher conference, click here.

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