10-second review: What is the key to a successful parent conference? Convince parents that you are on their side and their child’s side.
Title: "Dimensions Beyond Words: Successful Parent Conferences.” EF Re. English Journal (November 1975), 63-65. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Sit next to the parents on the same side of the table.
Stress positive qualities about their child.
Isolate one negative thing that needs to be improved.
Outline your [the teacher’s] classroom plan for helping the student.
Ask the parent to help by doing one or two things at home.
Comment: Practical advice on teacher/parent conferences. RayS.