Parent-Teacher Conferences: 5 Tips for Teachers
Parent-teacher conferences do not have to be the dreaded time that children perceive them to be, even after many years. In fact, even the teachers and parents also feel apprehensive about meeting each other every time this conference is scheduled. Here are some tips for teachers that can help to create an environment that is conducive to the easy exchange of ideas.
- A professional, calm attitude is the most important aspect and in fact the most potent arrow in the arsenal of a teacher. Whatever happens in the meeting, even if the parents are inattentive or aggressive, you must remain unruffled and listen to everyone calmly before responding in the most professional manner.
- Have all the reports and suggestions ready before the meeting begins. Go through everything to check for discrepancies. This will also help you to be prepared with answers that parents might ask.
- Use innovative methods of teaching that involve toys and games, like the age-appropriate ones discussed in DoodleBuckets. Some of these can be shown in the classroom as useful tools, which can be used by parents at home.
- Be positive. Even if the classroom is full of troublesome kids, start and end the meeting with some positive comments. Ask for parental participation and their suggestions and then appreciate their inputs.
- Treat all parents as equals. Do not differentiate between them based on the grades of the kids or their language skills. Try to have some improvement strategies on paper, which can be conveyed to parents. Even if there are a couple of negative reports and you need to convey the same to parents, then do it gently and privately if possible.
Involve all the kids and parents in activities together. This way the parents will know the level of activities happening in the school and you can ensure that the child does not dread to come to the conference. You need a positive dialogue and improvement in the children’s performance so suggest corrective measures if the parents are agreeable. Always be easy-going and composed.