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The Teacher's Corner
Bridging the Great Divide: Making the most of the Parent/Teacher Conference

from NAGC

Opportunities exist throughout the entire year for teachers and parents to confer. Phone calls, emails, and the occasional note home are all communications between the two important places where children spend most of their time. Every so often, teachers and parents have the opportunity to engage in a face-to-face meeting: the Parent/Teacher Conference.

Early December usually brings with it the prospect of snow here in the Northeast and along with it the often dreaded Parent/Teacher conference. No forecast for snow from where I sit, but conferences are right around the corner. I can clearly recall being a first-year teacher and fearing that many parents, upon seeing this young teacher with the neat grade book, would not take anything discussed seriously. I was actually able to get through the apprehension, learning a lot about communication with parents during those first few tumultuous years. more

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