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How-To: Work with Students' Families

Making the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences Lisa Kihn

Parent teacher conferences play an integral part in a teacher's ability to successfully meet the unique individual needs of the students in a class. The Daily Classroom Specials database offers some wonderful advise and even a sample script to use! I would like to add this follow-up piece.

At the conclusion of a conference I send home this "homework assignment" to both parents and students. This enables them to take what we talked about and process it together. I find that these questions help direct the conversation and allow everyone to see how we all work together to ensure a successful school year. Conferences are often scheduled in 15 to 20 minute intervals and I find the time goes by very quickly. Requiring the people who attend the conference to fill out this form also extends the conversation and allows you to have a written piece of information about that student to use for reference and/or at a future conference.

I make sure that both the parents and the student understand the questions asked on this form and together we go over the "action plans" and the "ways to check our progress." I also ask parents to add any questions or comments to the back.

Students are asked to bring them back to school the next day and if there is any further need of clarification I meet individually with the student.

Good Luck!

(See the form below)

FIRST QUARTER PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE

Student Name ___________________________

Conference Date _________________________

What are my strengths?

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

What are my areas of needed growth?

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

Set a goal that you would like to work on this year

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

Action plans for school

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

Action plans for home

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

 

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