Things parents said at conferences

16 Mar

“She spends too much time doing homework”

“This has been his best year yet.”

“We have that problem at home, too.”

“No teacher has ever said that about his bad handwriting. Thank you.”

“She’s up until 11:30 doing homework.”

“In the Fall, you said she didn’t speak up. This is a big improvement.”

“Do you teach grammar?”

“Just wait ’til you get the next one!”

“She loves the independence of middle school.”

“How can I help?”

“Do the children have chores? We are trying to have them help more at home.”

“He talks all the time at home!”

“Think of a few ways you can participate in more. But be specific and make it concrete.”

“Humanities is his favorite.”

“I’m afraid to touch the pile of papers beside his desk.”

“Thank you.”













12 Responses to “Things parents said at conferences”

  1. Mirielle Strasser March 16, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    “Thank you”, just a few simple words all teachers would like to hear at conferences.

  2. Lanny Ball March 16, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    Your slice really captures the diversity of priorities and values that we encounter as school teachers. Many I recognize! Thanks for this unique format!

  3. tbreitweiser March 16, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    This is the perfect slice!
    This might seem like a strange question but…did you write down the quotes during the conference or after?
    Did you keep a separate list or just within your notes from the meetings and then curate them later?
    I am always fascinated by how others work….

    • Adrienne March 16, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      For the most part, I wrote them after each conference. When there were back to back conferences (and there were many of those), I looked at the names on my schedule afterwards and thought about what people had said.

  4. carolmcbroom March 16, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    This is lovely. I have never taught where we had conferences with our parents. I think that would be so cool! And how encouraged you must feel by their confirmations of your work.

  5. Alice Nine March 16, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    Great slice for mid-March. Parent comments are so revealing, sometimes confirming what we suspect, usually giving us another lens to see the student. Always glad when a parent comes to conference. That says so much.

  6. terierrol March 16, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Yes, that was quite a range of comments. I think most of us has heard them all.

  7. stephaniemeier94 March 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    I love this! Makes me think of some of the things I’ve heard during conferences these last 2 days that stuck out to me. You may have inspired a future slice! Thanks for sharing!

  8. arjeha March 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    It is amazing what parents say at conferences. I always liked when parents noted that the behavior I saw in class was the opposite of the behavior they saw at home.

  9. elsie March 16, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    Such a range of comments from the parents! I especially like the ones when the parents deny the behaviors ever happen at home. Those are the ones I want to film for proof. You saved the best for last.

  10. JudyK March 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    I love this! The comments they make tell us SO much. The last one is the best one to hear parents say! (By the way, two 12-hour days? Brutal!) ~JudyK

  11. humbleswede March 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

    These are great. I’m heading into conferences this week, and I know I’ll get the full range, from grammar questions to “I just want to know that he treats people well.” It’s a strange experience and a bit of sensory overload for this introvert. I like the idea of recording the stand-out lines.

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