- He gets very distracted.
- He doesn’t want to work.
- He just wants to play.
- He is independent; however, he won’t do anything without being told to.
- He doesn’t want to sit in circle time.
- It is hard for him to stay focused.
It also felt like déjà vu. I have said so many similar things to parents of my own students. I hope that I said just as many positive things to them as negative (if not more) because I left my own parent/teacher conversation feeling as low as I possibly could. I left the meeting hoping that I leave more positive comments in my own meetings than negative.
If you are a teacher, it might be a good idea, before the conference, to write down the student's strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to help the student. I realize this sounds incredibly simple, but too often we forget just that.
5 Things to do in a Parent Teacher Conference:
- Start the conversation off saying something positive to the parent about the student's personality.
- Continue with positives about academics. Find something positive...you can. Trust me, you can. There are always positives.
- Ask the parent if they have any concerns before you address yours.
- Discuss the areas of improvement that the student needs.
- Leave the conversation with positives about the student as well as ways to help the student. This tells the parent that you care about their child AND about their success.