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Katherine Lewis

How to Ace the Parent Teacher Conference

By November 29, 2012

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Earlier this month, my husband and I went to the elementary school for a parent teacher conference with each of our little girls' teachers. Sitting in those tiny elementary school chairs, I felt like a child myself, about to be disciplined. Why is it that that setting can put me right back to the age of 8, frightened of the teacher?

Fortunately, those nervous emotions quickly fled as soon as we began to discuss our children's learning and social progress thus far in the school year. It was a pleasure to see examples of their school work, often more advanced and interesting than the homework we saw them complete under our roof.

Ultimately, the parent teacher conference is just one tool to help parents and teachers work together for the cause of a student's education. We try to stay in contact, casually and formally, throughout the school year, so that nothing emerges at a parent teacher conference completely out of the blue.

What are teacher conferences like at your school? Have you been surprised by anything that took place? Please share your experiences!

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