The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Teacher Interviews (for both parties)


Parent-teacher interviews can be a bit like playing poker. You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, when to walk away and when to run.  These 5 minute bites of time can either form a fantastic working relationship between parents and teachers or unfortunately destroy any possibility of a partnership.

I’ve been on both sides of the parent – teacher interview table and have had my share of genuine relationships built there, but also some very uncomfortable and down right hostile conversations. As I prepare for this year’s experience as both a teacher and parent, I took some time to reflect on what makes a positive parent-teacher interview.


1. Come Prepared

Teachers: Bring your computer, all your current grades, relevant student work exemplars, and a method of recording parent information and conversation notes ( see my Parent/Teacher Interview Log).

Parents: Bring your child’s report…

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