It’s always a pleasure to share real, tangible value with those that are constantly aiming to improve and excel. Becky Lindsey is a former Secondary Science Coordinator and Assistant Principal, and I knew her insight and passion for education and student success would bring incredible insight. When she accepted my invitation to write about this topic, I was thrilled.
Take a look at these 9 actionable tips that Becky shared in order to have the most successful parent teacher meetings. Download the infographic and share Becky’s knowledge and system with other teachers in your school. Our children and their success in school is one of the reasons that Inquire does what it does, and to have Becky’s input on this very important topic is invaluable.
9 Parent Teacher Meeting Tips For The Best Results
As all educators know, relationships between teachers and students are the cornerstone of the classroom. Often overlooked at the secondary level, however, is the relationship between the educator and the parents. The following parent teacher meeting tips can be useful for educators and parents so that the parent-teacher meeting is productive, and a team-centered relationship can be developed.
Before a parent meeting:
- Identify student organizational strengths and struggles – this could include coming to class prepared with necessary materials, arriving to class on time, attending school regularly, completing assignments and homework by due dates, keeping an orderly notebook or lab notebook.
- Determine academic content strengths and struggles – which academic standards has the student mastered, which standards are still being developed and how is the student progressing towards mastering the standard. This discussion should be much more than a discussion of the grade. Rather, the conversation should center on what the student is learning, where they seem to be excelling, and where they can improve.
- Assess social strengths and struggles – identify how the student works with other students in a small or whole group, does he/she offer new ideas, answer questions, poses relevant questions, add to discussions, follow through on group assignments.
During a parent meeting:
- Set a positive tone for the meeting by highlighting the three above areas to be discussed. Begin with positive statements about the student highlighting strengths in organization, academic content and social development.
- Address the struggle(s) by giving specific examples to demonstrate areas where improvement is needed. Be prepared with ideas of how to address areas of weakness, and even possible solutions. Be willing to ask and answer questions.
- Work to develop a plan of action for one or two of the most critical areas of need. Keeping the meeting solution based maintains a positive atmosphere, and one in which it is easy to work as a team to help the student achieve success.
After a parent meeting:
- Follow up with the parent with a quick e-mail or note summarizing the main points of the meeting.
- Keep a log of all parent meetings including a short summary of the main points.
- Work to ensure that the plan developed produces the desired outcome. Follow up with another e-mail or parent meeting as needed.
Structuring a parent-teacher meeting around these three central topics can help ensure that parent-teacher meetings are productive and positive relationships are fostered. All of these tips contribute to student success.
How do you ensure a team oriented relationship for your student? Comment below and let us know.
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Becky Lindsey is the former Secondary Science Curriculum Coordinator for Crosby Independent School District. As a former classroom instructor, she taught Biology I and II for a total of 16 years. She served as science department chair for five years before moving into an administrative role at Crosby High School. She served as assistant principal for six years and her many duties included the supervision and development of science teachers in curriculum and instruction. Becky was asked to be the district Science Coordinator in 2006 and her involvement in science education deepened. She is actively involved in the STAT, NSTA, the Texas Science Educational Leadership Association, and the Houston Science Educational Leadership Association.
She loves science and education, and always knew that she wanted to work with kids who were at the stage of trying to figure out who they are and their purpose in this life. She loves her grandchildren, children, husband, and extended family at home and at Crosby ISD. She also loves the beach – from the salty, fish smell to the sand stuck in swimsuits. She enjoys working on any projects that need a fresh coat of paint-as long as someone else picks the color.