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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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 9:32am
That sounds more like what happens around here then. It's an expectation that parents will attend conferences at the elementary level (but we're in a large urban district with a majority of low-income and minority families, and not everyone does). It's not just an expectation at the MS/HS level. The parent surveys are anonymous--they come with a prepaid envelope so you can drop them in the mail. Sometimes we used to ask parents to bring them to school in the sealed envelopes so we could figure out what our return rate was. The survey asks for ratings and comments on how the school is doing in a variety of areas, such as academics, safety, leadership of principal, etc.
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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 12:53pm

The nighttime slots were the first to be filled at our kids' elementary school, because even if one parent was a SAHP, they both wanted to be there. Their middle school had only daytime hours, but lots of parents took some time off from work to go.

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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 1:31pm

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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 1:44pm

Don't agree about the conferences being useless (with a few exceptions), but this may be because my DS struggled with social issues (he's a bit on the Asperger's spectrum and was bullied all thru middle school), and there was always some shocking, fresh horror to be revealed. At his conferences last year (8th grade), I really wanted to slink out of each teacher's classroom like the outcast mom I was. It sucked. However, thanks to better living thru chemistry, great doctors, and a change of school, he is a new man and for the first time since elementary school, I heard from his teachers that they--gasp!--liked him!

As for the charade bit, yep, I totally agree with that. I have done countless volunteer activities, some because I actually care, and some purely for the sake of appearances. And I don't know a parent who has not done the same. Those who say they haven't either drank the kool-aid, don't live in a small town, or are just plain lying.

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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 3:58pm

That was refreshingly honest.

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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 7:23pm

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 11-10-2011 - 8:59pm

That's a riot! And I do recognize that vice principal. She's a "type." Usually, she teaches English or works as the librarian, but occasionally manages to find herself in administration.

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