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Parent Teacher Conferences

Are You Inviting Honesty From Your Child's Teacher?

Kyle Redford | Posted 02.25.2016 | Parents
Kyle Redford

Are you the kind of parent who immediately goes on the defensive when a teacher raises a concern about your child? Do you find yourself implicitly (or...

12 Things Teachers Think But Can't Always Say to Parents

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

Please know that both legally and ethically, there are times when I want to say something or agree with you but cannot for a multitude of reasons, usually pertaining to the privacy of another student. I will miss your child for the rest of my life, even if your child was incredibly difficult and made my days long and exhausting.

For Parents of Kids With Special Needs, Parent-Teacher Conferences Feel Like Going to War

Laurie Levy | Posted 01.31.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

Parents of children with special needs are like all other parents. They want to feel reassured their child is happy at school. They want to collaborate and problem-solve in partnership with the teacher.

How to Have a Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conference

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Grete DeAngelo

As a teacher and parent, I've been on both sides of the desk for conferences. Some have been more successful than others, and I've come to the conclusion that it's the preparation beforehand that makes the difference.

9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

Parent-Teacher Conferences... What Should I Ask the Teacher?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Leave your anxiety about your child's issues at home. The teacher is a person who knows your child very well, given the number of hours each week spent with him or her.

Are Educators Honest With Parents?

Rob Furman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

Even though we know that the parent plays such an important role in the education of their children, it is very difficult to look a parent in the eye and say, "You are the reason your child is having such difficulty in school."

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Purely Academic?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

During parent teacher conferences, is it more important to discuss a child's academic development or their social/emotional well-being? This often asked question can be answered simply by stating that both are critical aspects to your child's school life.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Back-To-Basics in a Digital World

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

For some parents, talking with their child's teacher about their expectations and learning about the teacher's priorities for their child can be an eye-opening experience.

Dear Parent... Your Child Is Fat!

Rachel Busman, PsyD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Busman, PsyD

It doesn't really take a letter to tell kids they are overweight. They know this, and so do their parents. If the goal is trying to help families make real changes, a letter home stating a child's BMI is not really going to do anything.

Nightmare Conference

Kelly Hirt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

I would be lying if I said that teachers never get nervous for conferences; however, I had no idea how unsettling conferences could be, until I sat on the other side of the table as the parent.

Ten Places Moms Wish They Could Bring a Flask

Danielle Herzog | Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy
Danielle Herzog

Toddler soccer games. Though, this could make for a hilarious drinking game opportunity. Every time a kid watches a ball roll right past him because he's climbing on the goalie net their parent has to drink.

A Mindful Approach to Parent Conflict

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

In my 20 years of working with schools, I have discovered several steps that school officials can take to deescalate potential confrontations when parents come in breathing fire. I have seen patterns of communication that are troubling, but not too hard to fix.

Should You Pay for an 'A'? How to Motivate Your Child -- Part 1

Beth Kobliner | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

At my friend's parent-teacher meeting to discuss her eighth-grade son, the teacher made a wacky recommendation: my friend should consider bribery to motivate him to work harder in school. I'm not kidding.

Natasha Burton

Teachers Tell All: 11 Things Parents Get REALLY Wrong | Natasha Burton | Posted 07.15.2016 | Divorce

Parents and their children may be the ones most directly affected by divorce. But there’s another group who end up with a front-row seat to the post...

Teach Kids? I Still Am One

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.17.2012 | College
Lauren Boyle

As a high school teacher in my early 20s, I've learned that parents and administrators will have that split-second moment of shock and unease when they meet me.

The Cost of a Notebook: 99 Cents; Information: Priceless

Aparna Vashisht | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Aparna Vashisht

Every once in a while, something would come up that our autistic son's teacher wasn't sure how she should handle. And that's where those little notebooks came in.

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of Fox News on Teachers

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Wallis

I like teachers. But what I am learning from conservatives these days, especially the hosts and commentators for Fox News is that public school teachers are greedy.