I like to be overly prepared for parent-teacher conferences. Let's face it...none of us want to be caught off guard by a question or feel not prepared. My first step in preparing for conferences is working on data notebooks with my students. Each student has a data notebook to keep track of test scores, reflection and student work examples. I use this tool to drive my conferences. I'm not going to lie...it is a lot of work. But let me tell you, it is WORTH every minute of it! You can read more about my data notebooks here.
I feel like conferences are so rushed, when it is over I ALWAYS remember something that I wanted to point out. I prepare a 3 STARS & A WISH for each child. This forces me to point out 3 positive things for each child, while also allowing me to talk about an area they need to improve on. You can grab 3 STARS & A WISH here.
Although they can be stressful, conferences are a great time to build a relationship with all of the people who love our kiddos. Each year I always dread all of the extra work and time that goes into it...but I always come out of it feeling excited to work and love on all of my kiddos.
Now, it's time for a Starbucks to end the week!