Today was my first day of parent conferences, and I got through 13 of them. Our school has three days of mini-days to get the conferences done, and we are given 10 minutes with each parent. Three of mine didn't show up today, which kept me right on schedule (I talk too much). In my early years of teaching, I would get very nervous anticipating these conferences. I was so worried that parents would ask me questions that I couldn't answer. Whenever I am nervous or anxious about something, I like to over prepare, and that's why I started using these conference forms.
I write down some talking points for each student about their skill levels, and behavior.
This gives me some great talking points, and it also gives the parents something that they can take home that clearly states what their child needs the most help with. Report cards are often for parents to decipher. I have received a lot of positive feedback from the parents about this report and the clarity it gives to their child's progress.
If you would like a free copy of this simple form, click HERE
With a class of only 18 this year my conferences are flying by! I only have 2 more conferences tomorrow, and then 1 1/2 free mini-days to get caught up on grading and lesson plans. Woo hoo!!!