Free Forms for Your Next Parent-Teacher Conferences and Tips for Success!
Here are a few tips to help make each parent conference run as smoothly as possible. There are so many benefits of parent-teacher collaborations. It is a chance to invite parents into your classroom and share all the good things happening. You can also highlight some or the classroom or school activities that parents might be unaware. After all, not everything is posted on the school’s website.
For parents of kindergarten students, this might be their first conference ever! You may not have had the chance to talk to these parents since the open house,
How To Create a Free Online Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Form
This is a fantastic video tutorial for creating a sign up that resembles a Google form. What is nice is you can designate the available time slots and the type of meeting you want to set up (virtual parent teacher conferences or in person.) Parents will get an email notification.
Prepare Printable Parent Teacher Conference Forms
After parents have signed up, it is time for you to send out all of the conference times, reminder emails, and more; the conference days are upon you! I don’t know about you, but I always felt pressed for time during these conferences. There is a lot of information exchanged and I am sure the parents feel it is a little overwhelming as well. So preparing these forms for your next parent teacher conference in advance will help the conference run more smoothly.
Free Parent-Teacher Conference Form
This note for parent teacher conferences really helps me to focus on the items I want to address. As a parent, I am sure they are equally overwhelmed. I want to give them something they can look back at.
Tips for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference
- Start with the student’s strengths. Sometimes we, as teachers, feel pressed for time, so we jump right into the area of need. Parents will be receptive if you let them know that you see how wonderful their child is first.
- Areas of need: I like to have benchmark data available and be specific. The student report from ESGI is pretty perfect!
- Have a plan! Inform parents and let them know what you plan to do to help their child be successful. Then ask the parents to also help.
- Prepare the form ahead of time. Yes, I am repeating myself, but thinking a few weeks ahead will really help you provide specific examples you wish to share. I honestly would make a rough draft then re-wrote the form so it was legible… lol!
This is a great tool not only to discuss a child’s academic performance but I can also relay important information about their child’s academic needs.
I love having a form where I can relay what I will be doing for their child during the school year to address these needs. It also includes how the parent can support their child at home. Having editable parent-teacher conference forms is the way to go, but I like to use my own handwriting because it feels more personal. You can grab this parent teacher conference form template by clicking HERE.
Sharing Student Data
Since we use ESGI to assess 90% of the skills in various subject areas in kindergarten, this parent letter is perfect. I always like to share a few reports during conference time. Naturally, I am gathering student data all year long.
Some of my student evaluations are gathered informally while I am delivering instruction. I like to annotate those formative assessments on a clipboard. I can also manually add this data into ESGI and it makes life so much easier. It is really important that you share student data all year long, not JUST during parent-teacher conferences. ESGI makes parent communication simple.
There are also reports that I share all year long so having the opportunity to discuss this report with the parents in person is a great way to ensure there is little confusion. You can get your 60-Day free trial of ESGI by clicking HERE.
Parent Tips for Math and Literacy
We need to remember that sometimes parents want to help their child at home, but they may not know exactly how. They may be embarrassed to ask for details. They may have struggled with these skills themselves as a student. Let’s help parents and child (and ultimately you as well). I found these fantastic tips pages from Meredith over at Keen in Kindergarten. You can find them by clicking HERE.
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