Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 4:25pm

Does your school's conference schedule accomodate both working and stay-at-home moms?

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 4:57pm

Our school's have always had two afternoons in which the kids' have a half day and have conferences in the afternoon.

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 5:26pm
They're all in the evenings here, as far as I know (at least for public schools). You can't ever make them convenient for everyone though. I work two evenings a week, so I had to take off from work for one kid anyway. The bigger issue here is that there aren't enough conference times for everyone who wants them. But the teachers' union controls that.
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 5:54pm
Our elementary and middle school has conferences that could be scheduled from 1 to 8. I usually went in the fall, and my husband went in the spring.

I've got two in hs and one in middle school, and I probably won't attend any more PT conferences. I do have an email relationship with my ods's spanish, math and physics teacher to keep on top of his work in those classes, and a phone relationship with my yds's music teacher.

I've met most of my dd teachers, but she is now responsible for her own work and she is doing quite well.
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 5:58pm

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 6:32pm

Lol, timing.. conferences start tomorrow in our district.

 

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 7:15pm
So why do you go? For me, I can get all the information I need about how my kids are doing academically online, with emails to follow up if there's any issue. But I find that I always learn something about my kids from teacher conferences (usually something more personal that wouldn't come up in an email). I always go in the fall and skip the spring conferences so that parents whose kids are having academic issues can use the slots. But if I really thought it was worthless, I just wouldn't go.
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 7:35pm
Parent Teacher conferences have always been in the evening here.
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 9:09pm

Dylan's conferences have all been during the day but evening hours were available. In elementary school, Icviewed them as more of a meet the parent/s and to tell how Dylan was fitting in with the other students and the teacher than an accounting of how well he was doing academicly.

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 9:16pm

I see the conferences as more of an opportunity to get to know the teacher a little better than just a name and for them to get to know us.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 6:29am

At dd's school the conferences were always at night, and younger siblings could play in the yard during. It is taken for granted here that parents work and can't take off easily necessarily.

Dh never attended and kids were not expected to attend either.

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