October is usually the month when the first parent-teacher conferences of the new school year are held. Many schools, however, are transforming those conferences by having students play an active role in sharing their learning progress with their parents. You can learn more about student-led conferences in the Education World articles Student-Led Conferences Successful in Elementary, Middle Grades, Student-Led Conferences Hold Kids Accountable, and Student-Led Conferences: A Growing Trend.
Maybe the traditional parent-teacher conference is the route your school takes. If so, you will find some useful tips in an Education World article, Meeting With the Parents -- Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Student-led or parent-teacher conferences can be extra special if you have desserts and beverages available for parents as they wait for scheduled conferences. At Neepawa Area Institute Collegiate, a grade 7-12 school in Neepawa, Manitoba (Canada), the Band Booster Club sponsors the desserts, principal Phil Shaman told Education World.
At Doctors Inlet Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida, teachers also make themselves available for a parent-teacher conference night. "All teachers 'flex' their schedules to be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.," said principal Larry Davis. "They get to go home three hours early on the next early-release day."
Article by Gary Hopkins
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