Friday, March 25, 2011

Parent Teacher Conferences

Holy Hannah. Parent Teacher Conferences.

When my kids were in elementary school, we made appointments to sit down and visit with their teachers.

Then I homeschooled for many years. Those were the EASIEST parent teacher conferences - EVER!

Now, all three of my kids are in public high school, and p/t conferences are open house style where you may have to stand in line for QUITE awhile before you can actually speak to the teacher.

Patience is NOT my virtue.

But ... I did it anyway ... because I love my little baby children. Okay, they're not babies anymore. But boy does it feel great to hear such nice things about your children ... well, except when the math teacher said one of my kids has a 51%. That wasn't nice. Or when an English teacher told me my other child was socially awkward. That wasn't nice. But other than that - - it was great! My children are perfect.



  1. As a former teacher, I can assure you that teachers dread those conferences just as much as parents do! Except, of course, in the case of your perfect children because conferences for perfect children are easy. ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I know--I HATE this format of conferences, and I especially hate the email they send out that says, "Please take no more than 5 minutes with each teacher, as others will be waiting to speak with him/her." It almost feels like you're waiting at a book signing or something. It's just...impersonal. I realize there's not a better method with so many students, but yeah. It's exhausting.

  3. We didn't even go to conferences at the middle school, which is done the same way. It wasn't worth it. We just told E to pick up his portfolio and bring it home. He was fine with that.

    If I need/want to talk to a teacher, I just call or email. Forget the waiting in line, in crowded hallways.