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I like conferences

October 25, 2007 pm31 10:50 pm

No, not most of them. Not stupid PD stuff. Not normal, run of the mill time wasters.

I like tonight’s conferences. I like parent teacher conferences.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t love the long night. And with lots of parents showing up, it can be exhausting.

But the positive, early contact with parents is worth it. Let me add, I teach mostly freshmen, so these are kids still adjusting to high school, to a new environment, to new friends, and to new (and I believe much higher) academic expectations. Tonight I will get a lot of parents on board. I will tell them what I see in their kids (fresh eyes, I have lots of good stuff to share), and share advice on how we can improve achievement. We will agree that we are all on one side. And we will agree on some things we might ask the student to do. I will move a few seats. Privately suggest tutoring… I will have a little to do list, and many of the parents will as well.

And we will see, in many cases, positive results from these conferences for months to come.

Plus, I just like meeting these people. It’s a small school, we will know each other for the next four years.

There’s always one or two awkward ones, but they are far outweighed by the good ones.

(ps, if you are a parent of a child at my school, and you’ve discovered this blog, then of course I liked meeting you the best and your child is the nicest/most intelligent)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2007 am31 5:55 am 5:55 am

    I agree with that. Even if it means I gotta sacrifice some free time, I love meeting parents and interacting with them, letting them know they’re in sure hands.

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