Teach Tip Tuesday: 5 Tips to prepare for Parent Teacher Interviews

Due to the public holiday, this weeks Teach Tip Tuesday bought to you on a Wednesday. ūüôā

It’s that time of year again when parents are receiving reports and consequently booking interviews to discuss the progress of their child.

Parent interviews can be a distressing time for teachers as they try to ensure that they will be able to answer any questions that they parent might ask and offer advice on how the student might improve.

Being prepared is the best thing that you can do to ensure that you can meet any expectations that the parent might have.

5 Tips to Prepare for Parent Teacher Interviews

1. Collate all student work and evidence used to determine the students achievement grade. 

  • Parents usually want to see examples of their child’s work. ¬†Ensure that you can show the parent with the student work why they are achieving the grade that they are and how they can improve.

2. Have copies of your notes regarding homework, assessment drafts, attendance etc. 

  • These items facilitate discussion about students effort.
  • I use the app IDOCEO to keep these types of records during the year. The app allows me to export this data in an excel spreadsheet for ease of use.

3. Prepare your points for improvement. 

  • Where a student has achieved less than the top possible grade there must be room for improvement. Ensure that you have at least 2 practical suggestions for achievement, effort and behaviour that parents are able to followup with at home.
  • For example if homework is due on Friday, suggest that “student” should try to finalise homework by Wednesday. Parents can then check in on progress prior to the due date.

4. Take a notepad or note taking device. 

  • Often parents request certain tasks are followed up on after parent teacher interviews. Having a summary of these requests makes compiling your to do list much easier.
  • If you don’t have a parents contact email this is a good time to get it. A notepad can be handy to write these on so that you can add them to your contact lists.

5. Final Tip: Relax. 

  • You have worked with the student and know them. You have all the knowledge¬†about how the student is going and the parents just want you to share that.
  • If the interview seems to be going awry simply ask for a moment and get a supervisor (HOD, HOC, Deputy etc) ¬†to assist. If you foresee¬†that an¬†interview may be difficult organise for a supervisor to be available during that time should you require them. If interviewing in a large venue like a hall find out what the procedure is to get assistance, sometimes this can be as simple as a hand in the air.

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I hope that you have found a useful tip or insight that you can use in your parent interviews. You can find a copy of the template that I use to prepare for my parent teacher interviews Parent teacher Interview form.

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Do you have any tips for parent teacher interviews? Please share in the comments below or on our facebook page.



About cmcaton

I am a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department Mathematics in Education Queensland. I am passionate about the development of pedagogy that engages the 21st century student and love to explore their implementation in the classroom. Disclaimer: The thoughts on this page are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
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