What should I expect from a parent-teacher conference?
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Lee Dorman: Hi! I'm Lee Dorman. I'm a seventh grade science teacher as well as being President of the Arlington Education Association. We're going to talk a little bit about what you can expect in a parent conference. Host: What should I expect from a parent-teacher conference? Lee Dorman: You should expect a parent-teacher conference to be organized, first of all, and if the parent is called by the teacher, generally, the teacher will tell you what the subject or the topic of the conference is going to be. It maybe that your student is having difficulty in my class or is not getting their homework turned in, and I would like to talk with you, in which case, you should come in and ask some of the questions about, well, how does my child know what the assignment is, is it written someplace, is there someway that my child can get the information at night? You should ask those kinds of questions of the teacher. Most teachers will tell kids to get a study buddy, somebody's name, somebody's number in every class; they can call at night if they get confused and don't know what's going on. As a parent, if you call the conference, you need to let the teacher know what you're coming in for. If you let the teacher know what you're coming in for, that teacher can be prepared with grades, with papers, with copies of the content, so that they'll be able to explain you exactly what's going on.
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