ERIC Number: ED478537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Positive Parent-Teacher Conferences. Fastback 491.
Georgiady, Nicholas P.; Romano, Louis G.
This document suggests some guidelines for conducting an effective parent-teacher conference. Many schools now host "arena type" conferences, in which the teachers assemble in the gymnasium and parents seek them out. This type of setting offers no privacy and places pressure on parents and teachers to keep discussions short. Ideally, teachers and parents need to meet one on one in a private setting. In preparation for the conference, teachers should organize a file containing samples of the student's work, should review anecdotal records of observations, and should evaluate recent test results, among other things. Parents also must prepare by coming ready to ask questions. During the conference, every effort must be made to keep it comfortable, to keep it positive, to listen to the parents, and to follow up afterward. For example, after the meeting the teacher should evaluate the session and make sure that he and the parent are clear about how the student's education is progressing. It is also important to anticipate parents' questions; some sample questions, along with suggested answers, are provided for all grade levels. Teachers will have to deal with different types of parents, including those who are timid, egotistical, angry, critical, worried, and reluctant. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Guides, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, School Policy
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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