Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences: How to Make Them Successful

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I actually enjoyed my parent-teacher conferences last year.  Having the conferences virtual, often allowed for both parents to attend. Parents felt more at ease

Last year I had a mom get her hair done- foils and all during our conference.  Had we been in person, she might have skipped the conference.

How to Create a Sign-Up Using Google Calendar

Last year I used Google Calendar to create time slots for parents to sign-up in. It was super easy and almost every parent signed up. Here is a video tutorial for creating Google Calendar appointment times. Video

How to be Prepared

Be prepared for your conferences. I create folders for each of my students. In the folder, I have PDF files of what I plan on sharing with parents. Being that we use ESGI, for assessments, I can easily create pdf files for each student of their assessment data.

If holding a conference from home- make sure you are still professional- not in your t-shirt and sweats- have it quiet in your background. Also, make sure your overall background is professional. Remember this is a window into your home too. You don't want your laundry hanging out behind you.

What to Discuss During the Parent-Teacher Conference.

During the conference, I tell parents something great about their child. I ask the parents if there is something they would like me to know about their child as well. I then begin to share my observations and data. I make sure to tell them the trimester and end of the year goals for each area. I also make sure there is enough time for parents to ask me questions. Often if they are first-time parents to our school, they have a lot of questions.

Before we end our meeting, I offer suggestions on how they can help their child at home and make sure to thank them for taking the time to meet with me. I also make sure I write down anything I tell them that I will be doing for them and their child, such as speech referral or sending home a specific document. Keeping good notes, helps me stay organized for my never-ending list of must-dos.

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