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Monday, October 19, 2009

I'll turn the lights off...

My partner and I have been working hard to meet this year's decree that we have to conference with every student's parents. While some teachers are choosing to take this at its most literal level -- ie, hello, how are you? Nice to meet you, thanks for coming by, take care, great conference -- we are sitting down for 15-30 minutes with each parent and going over grades, benchmarks, expectations, etc.

Last Thursday night was the "official" parent conference night, and we met with 15 students' parents that day. The next day, we were at school till almost 6 meeting with more parents. Yes, on a Friday. Today, we were at school till almost 6 again.

At least I can say that the end is in sight. We have about 5 more scheduled for tomorrow, and then we have about 6 more than we haven't been able to schedule yet.

I'm glad we don't have to do this EVERY time report cards come out...


Mrs. Bluebird said...

Wow. And your parents show up? We're running only about 50% show up for the conferences that we, and the parents, are scheduling. It's insane.

First report card went home yesterday. Not a peep out of a parent via email yet. Wonder if any will show on Thursday for conference night?

Mister Teacher said...

Well, it's been 3 weeks since we've started, and there are only 2 kids we haven't met with the parents of yet. One of them was suspended today, and she CANNOT come back unless the parents come with her, so I suppose we'll be down to only one after tomorrow!