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Conferences & Communication
Establish a positive working relationship right from the beginning. 
Find out the best way to communicate with each other.

Before school starts send a letter home to parents introducing yourself and
what their children wil be learning in your class.
Also send a post card to each incoming student welcoming them to your class.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teacher Notes

Please remember to greet parents/guardians warmly.  Arrange a nice seating area to conduct the interviews. Consider having a student led conference (see links below).  Always start with something positive about the child.  Be prepared with examples of the student's work. Use "I feel" messages and avoid confrontations.  Speak in ways the parents will understand.  End the meeting on a positive note.

3 Conference Must Haves for Every Parent & Teacher

3 Ideas For More Meaningful 5 Minute Parent/Teacher Conferences

3 Ways to Hold Digital Parent Teacher Conferences @pernilleripp

Five Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences

The Parent-Teacher Conference Five Must-Ask Questions

6 tools for parent-teacher collaboration

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent Teacher Conferences | @EdSurge

7 Tips for Effective Parent Communications

7 Ways to Improve Parent Teacher Conferences #40CF

Ten Parent-Teacher Conference Tips

Education World: Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

Education World: Best Practices for Mediating Parent-Teacher Conferences

Free and Easy Parent Teacher Conference Scheduler and Success Tips - by VolunteerSpot

Parent - Teacher Conference Form Generator - TeAchnology

Resources to Share with Parents at Conferences

High School Parent-Teacher Night  FamilyEducation

Parent Teacher Conference Pinterest Boards

How to make parent-teacher conferences worthwhile and productive - Davidson Institute

The Teacher-Parent Connection: Tips for Working with the Parents of a Gifted Student

Guidelines for Conferences Concerning Angry Children by Leah Davies, M.Ed

Dealing With Difficult Parents 

Dealing With Angry Parents - Education World ®

Reading Rockets: Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

Student-Led Conferences page

True Story About Good Letters

 Early in my teaching career I decided to send home with my students some good letters to their parents/guardians.  I wanted the children complimented on their good work and behavior.  One student went home and said he had a letter from his teacher.  His parent punished him until she found out it was a “good” letter.  No other teacher had ever sent a “good” letter home before!  I quickly learned to tell the students to say it was a “good” letter from their teacher.

My Communicating with Children Page


Parent-Teacher Communication

Education World: Effective Communication With Parents

How to Find the Parent-Teacher Communication App Your Classroom Needs — Emerging Education Technologies

Tips to Add Students and Parents for Effective Communication | The Remind Blog

Parent Communication - Catholic School Matters

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Innovative Ways To Improve School: Home Communications

Top Tools for Parent Communication | EdSurge News

Top 5 Apps for Teacher Communication

Tech Apps: Communication | Scholastic

Home-to-School Connections Guide: Tips, Tech Tools, and Strategies for Improving Family-to-School Communication | Edutopia

My ClassDojo Page

My Remind Page - safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Free

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Using @IFTTT For Better School Communications

Want to Flip Communication? Click Here - Finding Common Ground - Education Week

Parent-Teacher Communications -Education World® : Teacher Tools & Templates

School Systems Blog - Parent-Teacher Communication Starts Now!

Creating a Home-School Partnership

My Home Visits Page

When communicating I suggest using "I feel" message to avoid confrontations.

Teachers should also state positive things about the student to the parent.

My Body Language Page

Plan times where the students can learn along with their parents.  To find information on family events (subject area fairs or nights) please see:

My Family Events Page

How to Improve Parent-Teacher Communication | eHow

National Association of Special Education Teachers: Parent Teacher Conference Handouts

Holding an Effective Group Meeting with Parents of ELLs

Relating to the Teacher - FamilyEducation

Dealing with Difficult Teachers

Dealing with Difficult Teachers for Parents of Teens

Moms Talk: Dealing with Difficult Teachers

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