For the first time in ten years, I had every single family show up for conferences at their scheduled time. It is an awesome feeling!
I have mixed feelings for Parent Teacher Conferences. I dread all the extra work. All the paperwork I have to organize, scheduling times for everyone, in some cases making sure both parents can be there or each get their own time (thank God for my wonderful secretary who does the preliminary scheduling!). Not to mention the extra hours spent at school, no time to eat dinner, and a sore throat when I get home!
However, I also love getting to talk to my students' parents. Most people think of conferences as a time when you talk about grades and behavior. Of course there are always those conversations too, but if a student is having problems in my classroom, their parents are going to know about it before they come in for a conference. So, I like to use this time to help build a relationship with the parents. I enjoy sharing stories about their child, learning how they act at home and what they enjoy outside the classroom. I like to tell stories about their child at school and see the parents smile with pride when they see great work their child has done.
How to you view Parent Teacher Conferences? Love them? Hate them? How to they run at your school?