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Making the most of parent-teacher conferences

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    I thought the suggestions were pretty good except for one I disagree with. I really think phone calls and texts should be avoided. Any phone call should be done through the school phone. There may be some exceptions certainly, but I'm not sure I would want too many parents to have my home phone and certainly not my cell phone number. I think the best way to communicate with parents is e-mail through one's school e-mail system. That way a record exists of what was actually communicated.

    I think teachers would love to have discussions beyond the grade and anything a parent can share to help a teacher understand their student better is great. I know the recent trend is to drag the child to the parent-teacher conference but I've always wondered if a lot of cases it might be better to leave the child at home so perhaps a more candid conversation can take place. Sometimes i think both parties hold back when the child is present. I know there are a lot of times that having the child there is beneficial but it something to consider.