This year, my students parents were all wonderful, with the exception of 1 or 2, but still I find entire day dreadful... as dreadful as checking your bank account when you know you've spent more money than you should or listening to your voicemail when you don't answer a phone call from your mother. Lol. I'm just a weirdo.
Don't get me wrong, deep inside me, I do enjoy being able to learn about my students through the formal conversations held with their parents. I had so many "a-ha!" moments yesterday that today I approached the day quite differently; which is something that may not have happened anytime soon if yesterday had not taken place. Today, was a good day. =)
To help me mentally prepare for the actual conversations, I made a sheet to help guide each conference. Over the weekend I pre-filled a sheet for each student with 2 celebrations, 2 concerns, and 2 suggestions for each child (even my Honor Roll students because there is always room for improvement). I also included a portion at the bottom for their IDEL and Mclass results.
Having this filled out before each conference gave me a peace of mind, so I decided to share it with those of you that get a little frazzled and need a little something to help guide you through the good, the bad, and the ugly conversations. =)