Interview Time

Report cards have been handed out and it is now time to meet with the parents to discuss their child’s progress. My interview schedule is full and it is important to stay as close as I can within the allotted fifteen minutes. At times I need to use a timer (it alerts the parents to the fact that their time has passed); and I keep an eye on the clock (I have positioned myself so that I can see the one on the wall).

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
An interview schedule. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

This afternoon and evening I shall be talking until late. Afterwards meeting with all parents will be over until the next round.

Do you find meeting with your child’s teacher is useful?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to the WordPress Photo Challenge. This week the prompt is Time.)

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10 thoughts on “Interview Time

  1. I so remember interview times with parents. I’m retired from teaching almost three years now and am enjoying it. You’re brave to set a timer — I think many of the parents I met with would have taken offence at that. Interviews are often rushed, though, and all it takes is one late parent or one who goes over the time allotment to push everything off and if a parent has more than one teacher to see, it can change the whole atmosphere of the interview. I hope they go well for you.

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    1. They went well and the latecomers understood that I could not spend time with them as they were late. Most parents, though, were conscious of the time and I only had to end the interview twice 🙂
      Now they are over and I can relax for the weekend.

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  2. Yes, it is useful. Being on that end many times (I have four children), it was always helpful even when they were doing great. It gives me a feel for the teacher and helped my perspective with the child/teacher relationship. I know that some parents may not be able to show up. I tried to make a point to always meet the teacher at these appointed times. The meetings for my girls were really good and the meetings for my boys was always challenging. There you have it. My youngest (13) is now with her dad but she’s an A student.

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    1. I am flexible and have arranged other times for those who could not come over the last two days. I think the parents appreciate it – especially as work commitments may prevent them from coming during the scheduled times.

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  3. We just went to our first parent-teacher conference! It was so strange being on the “other side.” Even though Bea had just been attending preschool for two weeks (her first day was when they did testing for conferences!) it was still nice to hear how she was adjusting and to really chat with her teacher. I always liked having parents of kids who had no issues come to conferences – such a good time to connect!

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    1. That is so true Annie. We should not meet parents only because their child is experiencing problems.
      Hope you enjoy the many parent-teacher conferences that are to come in the future 🙂

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  4. I like to meet my sons teachers. First I want to know if they are my partners in educating my child. Second I ask for a list of strengths weaknesses areas of interest and areas of improvement. Sometimes a child is a different person at home and at school. I also look for ways to complement what he is learning in school.

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    1. That is certainly true of all the parents I meet. And I love hearing that a child is different at home: more self-confident, more talkative, etc. I try my best to bring the ‘home’ personality into the classroom.

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  5. I love meeting with my kids’ teachers. They see them in an environment I never will, since as soon as I enter the classroom it changes the dynamic. They also have a sense of my kids relative to their peers, and that’s led to some valuable feedback as well.

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    1. Parents are always interested in their child’s behaviour in the school environment which I can understand. I have haad some interesting discussions with parents on the different sides of the child’s personality that is seen at home and at school.

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