Gwinnett County has its parent-teacher conferences this week so I’ve been thinking a lot about that experience.
I have a theory about parent-teacher conferences: I think they’re a lot like yearly job reviews for adults. I don’t ever think what’s being said should be a surprise. I think employees and parents should be pretty much aware week-to-week of how they or their child is doing.
If there are surprises at a conference then clearly there’s been some break in communication with the teacher (fault could be on either side).
Even thought I pretty well know how my kids are doing grade wise and conduct wise from the Friday weekly folders and from looking through their work, I am often more interested to learn at conferences about how they are working and interacting with their peers and teachers. I want to know how they are doing socially, how they are developing. Are they excited to be there? Are they vocal in class? Are they shy in class? What are their work habits – fast,