It's that time of year again that strikes dread into the hearts of parents everywhere: the parent-teacher conference.
What should be a friendly meeting to discuss your child's progress and talk about how you can best support their education can get tainted with your own feelings about school and teachers, your child's not always accurate reports of what is going on in the classroom, and any amount of other things both related to education and not.
Here's a little secret: Teachers don't really love parent-teacher conference time either. It's often a 12-hour day for them, and parents sometimes come in with their defenses already all the way up and more ready to fight than learn. Here are some teachers' thoughts on what not to do to make it a more productive meeting.
Opinions were divided on bringing your kids to the conference: Some teachers say it's fine, others say to avoid it, but the general consensus is that if it's possible for both parents to be there without the kids, that's ideal. If the alternative is leaving one parent home, though, bring them along.
How are your parent-teacher conferences going?
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