Parents’ Evenings by @teach_smith

Name: Daniel Smith
Twitter: @teach_smith
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: English
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Parents’ evenings

  1. Chase up appointments as the pupils who don’t set a time are often the ones you need to see the most.
  2. Set up your desk so that you have data to hand and perhaps exercise books. Some literature about the structure of the GCSE course may also be relevant.
  3. Structure of an appointment: start with a positive statement, discuss reading, writing, speaking & listening, motivation and set one, maybe two specific targets.
  4. Be as concise as possible: you will aid the other teachers, avoid a queue and you may get to leave early. You may also be able to ‘grab’ a parent waiting in a long queue.
  5. Try to build in toilet breaks between blocks of appointments and try not to leave the most difficult discussions until last.
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