Dance around or hit the nail square on the head?

What is your approach to parent teacher conferences

What is your approach to parent teacher conferences?

What is your approach to conferences?  As you may have guessed, this is parent conference week.  When you have a student who is overweight and struggling or a student whose skills are way below grade level how do you handle your parent teacher conference?  Do you come right out and discuss the issues?  Do you talk about how much you like their child and just hope that the topic of obesity comes up?  Do you share the grade level evidence outcomes and then suggest some ways the parents might help?

One response to “Dance around or hit the nail square on the head?

  1. Parent-teacher conferences are such an area of concern for me. I would love to know what others are doing. Its really tough to bring up fragile information such as obesity with parents about their child. Sometimes I find that the parent may even be in denial about something that is so obvious. My concern is for the child and trying to get their parents to help them succeed. I do begin every conference with positive comments about their child’s strengths, then share with them my areas of concern if there are any. This approach seems to “break the ice” with issues that can be hard to talk about.

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