- February 3, 2018 at 2:20 PM #44879
What topics, activities or presentations have you used that worked well for parent and teacher meetings or fellowships?
- February 3, 2018 at 7:25 PM #44905
For the first PTF of the term, we’ve occasionally had parents attend mini-classes in each room. Teachers present a couple short lessons (perhaps three 5-minute lessons) to the group of parents to help them get a feel for the class their child sits in each day. Parents move from room to room about every 15 minutes when a bell rings.
Some speaker-addressed topics over the years include...
Teaching Responsibility to Children
Building & Maintaining Good Relationships with Pre-teens
How to Keep in Touch With Your Child’s School Life
Home use of Computers
What Children Should Know About the World Without Becoming Worldly
Guiding Adolescents without Overreacting
Developing Character in Children
Developing a Heart of Service and Caring for Others
Discussion Topics included…
Each parent shared their expectations for what they hope their children learn in school
Homework–from parent and teacher perspective
We’ve had a number of good discussion times over the years by having board, parents, teachers sit in a circle (or double circle) and each one, from his/her perspective has something to say about school spirit, expectations, challenges, goals, etc.
- February 9, 2018 at 4:54 PM #45464
We’ve done the mini-classes that Jonas mentioned, and I thought that went well. This year a few of us teachers talked about what a typical school day is like for us.
- February 10, 2018 at 5:27 PM #45481
Our parent/teacher meetings follow pretty much the same pattern. After the business is taken care of the teachers are each asked to share a little bit of what is happening in their classrooms or any announcements they may have. After the business part of the meetings, most parents visit each child’s classroom to discuss their child with the teacher. It’s not necessarily the most efficient or effective way of having meetings but it’s the way it has always been done.
- February 13, 2018 at 9:44 PM #45516
A number of times we too have had mini-classes taught by teachers several times that parents sat in on. This year our administrator asked everyone present to list several goals they have for their child/children — along a variety of aspects of life. At the same time that parents jotted down their thoughts, we teachers were to list what we are aiming for each student to have experienced, practiced, or mastered by the time they leave our classroom. We then gathered into small groups of four or so to discuss the things we jotted down before ending with having quite a number of people share their goals.
- February 16, 2018 at 9:20 PM #45574
I really like that goal-listing exercise.
One note about the mini-classes. I enjoyed them, but I know that some teachers felt they were too energy-consuming and/or too nerve-wracking. So all you administrators and PTF committee members out there might want to poll your teachers before putting that activity on the schedule.
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