I’m A Teacher And Here’s What Parents Get Wrong About Parent-Teacher Conferences

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What do teachers really tell parents at parent/teacher conferences?

I encourage students to come with their parents to the conferences, so it’s all out in the open.

I have a list of things to talk about that I use for every single student. I put the list in the board for all to see. It’s usually something like:

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Discipline
  • Social Skills
  • High School Placement
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Then I just talk about each one of those categories with the specific student in mind. There’s always at least one thing to talk about in every category.

You’ll notice that “grades” is not something I talk about, because the parents already know what their child’s grades are. It’s all online. We talk about the reasons for the grades, but not the grades themselves.

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