Each year, as we welcome students back into the classroom, we educators find ourselves with a new bunch of little people (or bigger, depending on the age you teach) who are new to us and our classrooms, but whom parents are, obviously, very familiar. The first thing teachers do is try to learn every students' name and then we figure out who these students are and how they operate in the classroom setting. Next up, it's time to pass out books, begin lessons, take grades and then before you know it, it's time for parent teacher conferences. This can be a daunting, scary thing for parents who have had bad experiences in the past, but it doesn't have to be that way if you're armed with specific questions about your child and their learning.
As a person who has been on both sides of the table, I can tell you it's not really easy on either side. Your job as a teacher is to tell families how their child is faring, what they're learning, and how you plan to help them achieve academic goals.Read More »from 6 Important Questions to Ask at Your Next Parent-Teacher Conference