Hey, Classroom Heroes,
Dreading that one parent meeting? Worried about difficult parents? Anxious parents? (Or are they difficult because they are so anxious?) Do you have to deliver some hard truths about their child and are unsure how to begin?
My #1 Strategy for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences: Always start with strengths, especially, especially when the student struggles in school.
Too often we can lose sight of the whole student when we focus only on what they can't do. But you can’t get much done in a meeting with parents if you don't have parent buy-in.
This strategy builds parent cooperation while also laying a foundation for supporting the student going forward.
In this video you will learn how to use a strengths-based model to prepare for parent meetings:
-Explore 9 categories of strengths with examples of what they might look like in the classroom
-Discover how to write and organize notes to implement a successful meeting every time
-Follow a case study student, where I walk you step-by-step through my process, including an example of the strategy in action (Yes, I model it!)
-Learn how to transition from student strengths to student challenges
Plus, a PRINTABLE to use before, during and after conferences and meetings.
Start with Strengths!
I used this strategy for every single one of my parent-teacher conferences as a classroom teacher and it is still how I start every meeting with parents now that I work with students with learning challenges as a learning specialist and educational therapist.
It has made countless numbers of potentially difficult meetings go better than even I hoped they would!
Check it out and don't forget to follow me. Please and Thank You!
Maria at Teacher-Created
P.S. My other video, Finally! Executive Functioning Explained
, is also super-informative, especially if you have students who struggle with organization, time and task management and attention issues.