Parent teacher interviews can be a trying experience for all involved, but there’s no need. Following this simple advice will see you get the most from your interview and help a stronger relationship with your child’s teacher.
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5 tips for parents at interview time
- Start with a joke about teachers and holidays. Nothing breaks the ice better than humour. We love having a good laugh at ourselves, even if it diminishes our profession.
- Act with genuine interest when we talk about who your child is in class. I know it’s unlikely that in barely six hours a day, 40 weeks of a year, that we’ll learn anything about your child – so humour us, we are trying.
- Remind us that you went to school. Teachers tend to get caught up in education trends, data and ‘research’. Reminding us that you went to school and turned O.K. without all this new fangled stuff can help break this spell. Honestly, they nailed this teaching thing 100 years ago, it’s not as if times change or anything.
- Be on the lookout for the parent test. Occasionally, we like to test how much you love your children by suggesting that they have an area to improve in, or may have behaved inappropriately. This is your queue deny any plausibility; it’s a test. If you love your child they can’t possibly make mistakes.
- Signal that you are ready for the interview to end by continually looking at your phone or watch while we’re talking. We know teachers tend to rabbit on and on about unimportant things. Make your disinterest clear so we know we’ve gone off topic.