Teachers, when you're having conferences (report card time) with parents does it matter to you if the student is in the room? Meaning, do you give the same or different information depending on if the child is present? Do you care one way or another if the child is there?
Parents, do you take your kids with you to conferences? Why or why not?
My kids are in kindergarten and second grade. XH and I have a difference in opinion on this and I would like to hear what you guys think!
Teacher...as I teach middle school, no, I don't change what I say. I like the kid to be there, it is about taking responsibility for their own learning...many times though,
If it is a "team conference" involving all major subject teachers, we talk to parents first and then bring the student in for the second half.
As a mom, I wouldn't want my kids there for the whole conference. I want to hear it straight with no positive spin. I have a kid with severe adhd, so there is a lot to say! I sometimes bring them in for the second half of the conference...usually at that point it is more positive. Kind of explaining to the student what they are doing well and a plan to help them improve areas they are weak.
Conferences with kids should revolve around plans for improvement and praise for things they already do, not the time to tell them all the things they are doing "wrong." It is very intimidating to have the important adults in your life analyzing everything you do and don't do. I've seen 8th graders break down in tears before a word has been spoken. So a lot of this depends on your child and his/her personality as well.
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can you get in touch with the teacher and ask what her preference is?
For middle school kids, I do think it is fine to have the student present, with the option of sending them into the hallway if you need to have a "deep" discussion (like "we are getting D and I worry about DD").
Honestly I have not had a parent teacher conference with any of DD's HS teachers. She has not had any issues that she has not been able to handle herself. I discuss the issues with her and give her pointers if she need to address something with a teacher. And she knows that if she needs me that I will step in. So far that has not happened. I feel like allowing her to handle it on her own helps her learn problem solving skills and builds her confidence. When she goes to college she will need that.
The teachers asked where the kids were when we arrived... this was the first time I had a conference without them. I think they don't have a preference to have the kids there or not. The kids aren't a part of the meeting, just in the room.
I don't think it's necessary to have a babysitter for conferences. My kids already knew about the things their teachers told me. They are good kids with room for improvement, like all other kids. DS6 is a social butterfly. DS7 need to be more expressive. XH thinks teachers will withhold what they have to say if the child is in the room. And therefore, he made arrangements for his gf to watch the kids while we went to the conference. I prefer the kids to be there so they can hear the teacher tell me about them. There are no secrets or denials. We haven't had any major issues come up. There are no learning disabilities or anything like that.
unfound, we were discussing their report card and anything else that the teacher had to say about the kids.
dreamboat, that's great! There should be more parents like you. I've heard about parents who are still trying to control their kids lives in college!