Parent-Teacher Conferences do not need to be stressful, but for many teachers (and parents, too) they are. Will I say the right things? How do I start the conference? How do I tell a parent I’m worried about their child? What if the parent doesn’t like me? How do I convey the love I feel for their child? These are all worries that many teachers have had at some point prior to meeting with parents.
Having been a elementary teacher for over 22 years now and a parent of 4 boys, I can tell you that both teachers and parents have worries when it comes to parent-teacher conferences. It does not not need to be a stressful time, though. Here is what I would like to say to those teachers who need some guidance and help with de-stressing about conferencing:
You can do this. You are a highly-trained, capable, professional. You are a person with compassion. You love your students – each and every one of them. You can place yourself in the shoes of the parent(s) you will see across the table and realize that their child is their world. They have a right to be worried, proud, or anxious when it comes to their little one. You know how to help them. And if you don’t know all the answers, you will be honest and tell them you will work with them to find the answers. Parents need and deserve to have you at your very best during their 20-30 minutes with you. You will be ready, organized, and you will give them your best.
I’ve wondered for some time why my Parent-Conference Forms Packet is my number 2 seller of all time in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I recently took some time to review the packet and look at the feedback from teachers who have used it. I think I know why it’s so popular (almost 1,000 sold) now. Teachers, beginners and veterans alike, tend to stress over conference time. What is one of the best ways to take care of stress and anxiety? Preparation and organization. I don’t know about all of you, but I know that when I am totally prepared and organized for anything (hosting a party, the first day of school, a camping trip, etc.), I am so much more relaxed and better able to really enjoy the experience.
I guess my Parent-Conference Forms Packet does that for teachers. It fully organizes them before the conference day, so they are really more relaxed and better able to be themselves during the time of the actual meeting. It guides teachers through the entire process, from gathering data to talking to parents to creating an inviting atmosphere.
Ready to get organized? Here are some suggestions on how to prepare and successfully navigate Parent-Conferences with confidence:
1. Think about how you want to approach your conferences, what you will say to parents, how you will arrange the space, and how you can put parents at ease the moment they walk through the door. You can download my FREE guide on “What to Do and What Not to Do” right here.
- Very well organized and helpful reminders to create smooth conferences!!!
- Worry Free is sooo accurate. Thanks for creating this!
- Very organized! Great help for conferences!!
- These were a hit with my parents last year! 🙂 I plan to use them again this year. Thanks so much!
- Very helpful when I was scrambling to pull things together for conferences. Thank you!
- I love this resource! Makes parent-teacher conferences a breeze!
- What a wonderful resource! Thank you for helping me organize my conference madness!!!
- Thank you so much! As a first year teacher, this has helped me tremendously!
- Great resource! Helped me be completely prepared for conferences. Very useful tool!
- This was a great way to stay organized before doing conferences. Thanks!
- Perfect and useful! I felt very prepared for conferences!
- Excellent forms to help communicate clearly with parents.