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Welcome back for another episode! Today’s topic can bring teachers stress, nerves, and a little uneasiness, which is having parent teacher conferences.
For some, especially novice teachers, talking with parents about difficult topics can be a struggle. So in today’s episode, I’m providing strategies on how to navigate difficult parent teacher conferences with ease.
I’m not going to lie, this is something I struggled with a lot during my first couple of years teaching. Having conferences with parents is inevitable and part of our job, so I couldn’t ignore it.
Once I started doing it often, the more comfortable I became with it, and eventually learned some strategies when it came to delivering tough news.
While it can be difficult, having parental support is necessary, so start thinking of parents as a teammate, rather than an opponent. Having the right mindset can be a game-changer before you even start the conversation.
As a teacher, the more tools we have in our toolbox of communication, the better! These strategies on how to have effective parent teachers conference include:
- Having a set conference time
- Making multiple positive points of contact first
- Developing a clear purpose for the conversation
- Deciding how much time you want to spend on the conference
- Preparing your support materials ahead of time
- Considering inviting administration
- Always sending a follow-up email
- Remembering that you and the parent are on the same team.
Although it might seem like it at the beginning, throughout, or the end of your conversation, know that your end results are the same: student success.
Whether you’re a novice teacher or a veteran, these strategies on how to navigate difficult parent teacher conferences help with maintaining open lines of communication and a smooth conversation that ultimately benefits the student.
In this episode on parent teacher conferences, I discuss:
- Strategies on how to navigate parent teacher conferences
- An important goal to remember regarding you and the parents
- Positives and negatives of having administrative or additional support within the conference
- How to apply the show vs. tell idea when providing evidence to parents
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