Top
Get Google Classroom Ready in 3 Easy Steps

Conferences Made Easy and a Freebie

October is almost here!  I love the fall and the things that come with it – even parent-teacher conferences. Yes, I love parent conferences because I finally have a system that works for me.  It has taken a lot of time and energy to figure out the best way to organize, plan, and run effective parent conferences. Read on if you’d like to hear my tips!

Conference Sign Ups
Organizing the conference sign-ups was my least favorite part of the process UNTIL I was introduced to my new best friend: Sign Up Genius.  Sign Up Genius is a game changer!
The website takes all the stress out of conference sign-ups.  Simply choose a template and add your dates and times.  Send the link to your parents and allow them to sign up.  They choose a date that works for them and voila! I’ve saved the best part for last.  Parents can change times without you having to figure out what is available.  Could it be any easier?

I use the free option with ads. There are paid options available, too. There is another online option called Signup.com.  I haven’t used it, but it might be worth checking out.  
Pre Conference Questionnaire
Have you ever had a parent ask a question or share or a concern that you weren’t prepared for?  It happened to me early on in my teaching career.  I decided that I wanted to try and gather information before conferences so that I would have a handle on any parental concerns.  This does not guarantee that you won’t ever be thrown a curveball, but it is helpful.  You can find the questionnaire that I use in my Conference Forms resource.   
After reviewing the questionnaires I gather my student data and get to work planning the conferences. I use a form that highlights work habits and student strengths and weaknesses. Then I have students fill out a self-assessment to share.

Student Participation

The purpose of a conference is to discuss student learning, right?  So, invite the student to be a participant. He/she should be a part of the conversation.  Several years ago I changed the way I conducted conferences. My students attend the conference, share and reflect on a few pieces of work, and set goals with parent and teacher input.  It is AMAZING!  
About one week before the conference each student picks two pieces of work to share and complete reflection sheets.  The reflection sheets require students to think critically about the piece of work.  I encourage my students to choose work they are proud of and work that they wish they could do again.

During the conference, I begin by addressing parental questions and/or concerns from the pre-conference questionnaire.  Then the student shares his/her work.  I will give an overview of how the student is doing in class using the notes from the conference form.  The next part of the conference is a goal-setting discussion. The parents, student, and I review the beginning of the year goals and then either keep them in place or set new goals for the rest of the term. Goals are filled out on the form so that we both have a copy. If you would like a beginning of the year goal setting freebie click here.

The last step in the parent conference is where I explain that the spring conference will be completely led by the student. How do you plan for conferences?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Teachers Love

These are great and my student loves them! These Boom Cards are perfect for my students to provide extra assignments to continue reinforcing the skills they are working on in their general ed class (virtually). I wish I had the skills to create them myself!
Stephanie R.

Volume Boom Cards
Stress-Free Teaching
2020-09-22T20:19:10-04:00
These are great and my student loves them! These Boom Cards are perfect for my students to provide extra assignments to continue reinforcing the skills they are working on in their general ed class (virtually). I wish I had the skills to create them myself! Stephanie R. Volume Boom Cards

Teachers Love

I love the way the graphic organizers are scaffolded so that students work on each step of a RACES answer. I'm a tutor who works with students with language LDs and this approach has been fantastic for them. Having the editable graphic organizers makes it easy for me to keep creating new and different pages for students who need to extra practice on a particular part of the RACES answer. Thank you so much!
Kate M.

Stress-Free Teaching
2020-09-22T20:24:32-04:00
I love the way the graphic organizers are scaffolded so that students work on each step of a RACES answer. I'm a tutor who works with students with language LDs and this approach has been fantastic for them. Having the editable graphic organizers makes it easy for me to keep creating new and different pages for students who need to extra practice on a particular part of the RACES answer. Thank you so much! Kate M. RACES Writing Strategy for Written Responses

Teachers Love

These are AMAZING!! Highly engaging for my students, constantly spiraling, and also gives me the information I need to see what we need to work on. Thank you so much!!
Kristi R.

Stress-Free Teaching
2020-09-22T20:25:15-04:00
These are AMAZING!! Highly engaging for my students, constantly spiraling, and also gives me the information I need to see what we need to work on. Thank you so much!! Kristi R. 5th Grade Math Spiral Review

Teachers Love

Amazing resource! Students loved working on this to show their parents during fall conferences. Their faces lit up as they went through the slides and read aloud their goals for the trimester and what they were proud of.
Jessica S.

Student Led Conference Digital Portfolio
Stress-Free Teaching
2020-09-24T19:42:58-04:00
Amazing resource! Students loved working on this to show their parents during fall conferences. Their faces lit up as they went through the slides and read aloud their goals for the trimester and what they were proud of. Jessica S. Student Led Conference Digital Portfolio
0
Stress-Free Teaching
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No connected account.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account.