ClassTag Hacks / Sep 05, 2019

Tips for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

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Back-to-school season is in full swing, and it’s easy to let the momentum of the school year and the stress of work distract you from the new relationships you are building in your classroom. Parent teacher conference time is the perfect opportunity to strengthen bonds you formed while getting to know your students at the beginning of the school year, and ClassTag is an essential tool to keep you organized throughout the process. Here are four teacher-approved tips for hosting effective parent teacher conferences.

Schedule Like a Pro

Thanks to ClassTag, scheduling is a breeze! It’s the easiest way to organize your parent teacher conference times. Close Up On Woman Hand With Pen Writing On Calender For Note Or Make Appointment Concept.Enter your conference date, set up the time slots that work with your schedule, and let the parents and caregivers take care of the rest! They can view your uniquely tailored schedule and sign-up for a time that best fits theirs.

Gone are the days of checking folders for paper RSVPs and follow-up phone calls to confirm dates. ClassTag bundles everything you need within a classroom event, giving you the ability to focus on the meeting agenda rather than the paperwork.

Do Your Homework

The best way to ensure a productive parent teacher conference is to take your own advice and do your homework! Some families you have already formed close bonds, while others you may be introducing yourself for the very first time. Meet them where they are and really get to know the families of your students.

ClassTag allows for multiple users for each student, so have the site available during your conferences and tailor the ClassTag experience to best meet the needs of their family. This will allow you to connect with those who have been out of touch, recognize those who have been active users, and showcase the features and settings of the site to make the platform more comfortable for parents. Making this effort early in the year will not only show your families how invested you are in their children, but it will demonstrate that you value them as a partner in education as well.

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Pro-Tip: This is an ideal time to customize the ClassTag experience and showcase what the platform has to offer to parents. Think of it as a private ClassTag tutoring session!

Set Your Action Plans

Conference time is a wonderful opportunity to review your students’ transitions into your classroom, but don’t spend all of your time recapping the first few weeks of school. Plan your conversations ahead of time. Your parents know their children, and chances are they have the same goals as you do for them as they move forward in the year. Address what concerns you have, but spend the majority of your time on an action plan. Collaborate on a common goal, and then outline the steps you as a teacher and they as a parent are going to take to achieve those goals. Conferences are not exclusively for reporting. They are a team-building exercise. Be intentional about what steps everyone is going to take in the best interest of the children.

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Open Those Chat Windows

When your conference ends, don’t let the communication bonds you have formed come to a screeching halt. You’ve put so much effort into your action plans, so keep them moving by getting those chat windows open! Reach out on ClassTag’s private messaging feature and thank each person individually for taking the time to meet with you, listing the goals you created at your meeting. Not only is this message a great record-keeping feature of your conference’s conversations, but it opens the door to future communication and progress updates regarding their child.

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Pro-Tip: The ultimate goal of parent teacher conferences is collaboration. The more you connect with parents the more comfortable they will be working with you on your shared vision for their child.

 

Teachers tend to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, but they don’t have to. ClassTag can help ease the burden of conferences and allow you to establish a solid foundation with parents for a productive school year.

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