Student-Led Conferences are more and more common these days. There are some major positive outcomes to having these types of conferences. This page provides a video example as well as a wealth of info for holding great Student-Led Conferences.
Why are Parent-Teacher Conferences so important? They are a major part of ongoing communication and this article details the benefits for teachers, students and parents. The article is aimed at a parent's perspective but I feel that it's a good read for teachers as well. Take the time to see things from the other perspective and how important these meetings truly are.
Another great set of suggestions. My favorite part of this article is when they touch on the very important factor of beginning with positive feedback and limiting the negative feedback. By all means, give the parents an honest account of their child's progress (that's your job!) but temper the positive with the negative. No one wants to be overwhelmed with not-so-flattering info regarding their child. Show parents the whole picture when it comes to their child's time in school.
Unfortunately, it's always possible to encounter a difficult parent. Save yourself some grief by reviewing these ideas for how to best deal with hard situations. These are a life-saver...it's always better to be prepared and to have the tools and knowledge to turn a negative interaction into a positive experience.
An awesome tutorial-type video! Totally relatable with a few little suggestions that you may not have thought of. Everything from how to best keep an eye on the time and how to dress. Hear from a real teacher's perspective how to succeed at conferences.
This article focuses on the steps you should take before, during and after the conference. These tips will improve organization and will help you to have confidence that you are prepared and are facilitating a thorough meeting.
What I love about this particular article, are the specific responses to real-life questions/comments parents may have. There are also some very helpful prep tips given. A quick, easy read that is sure to improve your next conference.