The Interviews

28 Jun

Last Thursday night we had parent/teacher interviews.

22 interviews back to back – it was frantic! (I really hope I was talking about the right child to the right parents).

The set up was similar to speed dating (not that I’ve ever been) with every teacher at a table and a bell going every 10 minutes signaling time to move on!

It was interesting to hear from parents what they perceived their child’s day at school to be like and I did notice similar messages coming from the parents.

1.     I had about 10 parents admit to never filling in the home reading book (which is fine as I never pay too much attention to them anyway as I am not grading the parents on doing homework!).

2.    They (the students) remember everything you say and often “quote” you at home.  This one scares me! I say a million things in a day…..I wonder which ones they are remembering!!

3.    Many parents wanted to know what they can do to help.  This one was easy to answer READ AND TALK, that’s all you need to do.  Read to your child every day and talk talk talk to your child about everything!!

4.    The Prep parents were sick of rhyming words (we are good at rhyming 🙂 ).

5.    I had one parent ask for MORE homework! (trust me people, more homework is NOT the answer for academic success!)

Overall I was really happy with the interviews and while it made it a BIG night doing them all at once, I did like getting them over with and not stretching them out over a week.

Today I am linking up with FLOG YOUR BLOG FRIDAY


6 Responses to “The Interviews”

  1. Katyberry 28/06/2013 at 1:36 PM #

    Ha! My 4yo is the best parrot of her daycare carers, and she shares her wisdom with us all the time “You are the boss of yourself”. “If someone says they are sorry you must say I accept your apology” and the all-time favourite “sharing is caring”.

  2. Denyse WhelanD 28/06/2013 at 2:18 PM #

    Hi Marleisa,
    Wonderful analogy…speed dating..and I get that. I like that you HAD to keep to the limit but it works better i reckon as some people will take more than their alloted time. They are the ones who need an individual time on another day. I would like to add this post’s link to one I write soon if that’s OK…over at readysetschool Cheers Denyse

    • marleisa 28/06/2013 at 2:29 PM #

      Thanks Denyse, not a problem!

  3. Zita 28/06/2013 at 6:08 PM #

    this is a stark contrast to my parent teacher interviews at the start of the year! refreshing to read about parents who actually want to help their children!!!

  4. Have a laugh on me 30/06/2013 at 1:17 PM #

    Glad that you said more homework wasn’t the answer, I read heaps and talk talk talk 🙂

  5. Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel 03/07/2013 at 3:56 PM #

    So interesting to read from the other side of the fence, as it were. I did four lots of parent-teacher as the parent in the last few weeks and always wonder – how do those teachers manage?

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