Parent-Teacher Conferences

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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: 01-15-2006
Wed, 11-09-2011 - 8:06am

conference "times" are ultimately determined by our school, a first note gets sent home advising everyone when the conferences are, it also asks you to select three different times that would work for you, then a follow up note is sent home a couple weeks later with the time you are given.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 11-09-2011 - 8:11am
i don't think conferences give parents enough time either but i don't think parents are waiting for conferernces to address serious problems or issues. conferences IMO are formality, at today's conference i'll get my DS school picture and we'll go over his report card, she may even have a piece of his work to show me. there are no surprises at conferences, i already have an idea of how my kids are doing.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 11-09-2011 - 8:20am
i agree. our schools have meet and greet and open houses too but i don't think teachers are giving parents that same individual attention then as with individual conferences.

i think open houses are a waste of time actually, that's the school's opportunity to push stuff like the book fair and spirit wear...

 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 11-09-2011 - 9:19am
Why do I go? So they don't take away the tiara I won for being a Parent Who Cares.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 9:39am

My kids' school schedules conferences between 12:30 and 7:30. The entire school staff is on hand, with most of the non-classroom teachers acting as childminders in the gym. Sometimes the PTO will put on an ice cream social or set up craft tables for the kids. I would say it works well for all parents.

Outside of this fall, we hadn't been to a PT conference in years. We stay in contact with the staff via email.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 10:13am
Appearances? Huh.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 10:20am
I like back to school night for the chance to hear about how the class is structured, what they'll be covering, homework expectations, etc. I've found that to be even much more so true now that I have one kid in MS and one in HS, where they have so many teachers. In ES, though, they could have done that in 30 minutes instead of an hour.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 10:23am
When our kids were in ES, the teachers used a system like that, which worked fine, since it was a very small school. Now that they're in MS/HS, it's all done online, which is a lot easier and more practical with a much larger number of kids. But there aren't enough slots for all the parents who want to meet.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 10:54am

A little more than appearances.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 11:08am
Our system has always had morning, after-school and evening slots.

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