You can find serenity in learning not to sweat a parent-teacher conference. It is all a matter of preparing in advance.
In previous articles, we dealt with the topic – “Never let them see you sweat.” We have already dealt with industry conferences and job interviews. Today, we will talk about handling a parent/teacher conference.
As the mother of four school-aged children, I have had to attend more than one parent/teacher conference. I have had conferences to praise my children and to complain about them. Of course, I liked the ones where everyone wanted to talk about how wonderful my children are. No matter what kind of conference it is, I never sweat.
The key to never letting them see you sweat at a parent/teacher conference, like with most meetings, is preparation. At the start of each school year, give your child’s teacher a short note about your child. Be sure to detail your child’s strengths, weaknesses, learning preferences,. Don’t forget to include any special facts that will make reaching your child more effective.
By doing this at the beginning of the year, the teacher gets to know a little about your child. It also provides notice that you are a concerned parent who pays attention to what goes on with your child. Email your child’s teacher on a regular basis, before any problems occur. This way the lines of communication are open. This will make it easier for the teacher to talk to you about problems that may arise.
Most importantly, you must remember that teachers are people. Do not treat the teacher with disrespect. If you make the teacher hate you, there are many ways the teacher can make your child suffer. After all your child is alone with the teacher for six or more hours each day. The teacher is tasked with getting your child ready for the next year.
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If you make the teacher angry and she has no incentive to do anything extra for your child. Think about it, how kind and helpful are you to rude, annoying disrespectful customers. Also, remember that you and your child’s teacher are teammates in the education and betterment of your child. You are not adversaries.
Pay attention to your child’s homework assignments, projects, and test scores. Keep up to date with what is going on in the classroom so you are prepared to discuss it at conferences. When you are preparing for the conference be prepared with a list of questions you want to be answered. Write down any information you want to share with the teacher.
The next time you have a parent/teacher conference, prepare and be ready to handle the conference sweat-free. So the question for you this Magnificent Monday is how do you prepare for sweat-free parent/teacher conferences?