It is the time of the term for parent-teacher-student interviews. I go to these, never quite knowing what to expect.
One of my most lovely memories of a parent teacher student interview was when one of my children’s teachers asked to see us so he could tell me how wonderful my child was. He glowed when he spoke of my child and acknowledged their ability and passion. . Unfortunately, a year or so later that teacher died suddenly and his replacement proceeded to do nothing but tell me all the failings of my child in this subject.
I have found myself face to face with a teacher who has told me how badly my child has gone, yet they did not request an interview.
I have had one teacher stand out as being the only negative voice about both my children, over a couple of years and in different subjects. We stopped booking in with them.
In a very memorable moment, for all the wrong reasons, a teacher threw my child’s latest assessment at them and told them they expected more from them. As the interview continued my child left and the teacher kept on talking to me as if nothing had happened.
So why go...
My top tips for making the most of parent-teacher-student interviews
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Kim Ross is a Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Essential Self-Care for Psychologists.