My First Parent Conference
Fairfax High held a giant parent conference this morning. Classes started two hours late, and hundreds of parents reported early to the Field House where teachers sat shoulder to shoulder at cafeteria tables.
My parents live out of state, of course, so I represented myself at the conference. I lined up with the other legal guardians to sit down with Tricia Colclaser and go over my homework scores, my quiz scores, my test scores, my attendance.
Parent conferences are often left behind in elementary schools, when teachers have a couple dozen students not, oh...140, to keep track of. By high school, teachers usually email or call if they want to get in touch.
But Fairfax principal Scott Brabrand wanted to bring back the parent conference. "In this age of technology," he said, "there is something qualitatively different about a face-to-face interaction with a teacher."
He was happy with the turnout, estimating that 400 or more came to see the teachers.
For Colclaser, that meant 26 interviews with parents. Most were parents she has talked with before. In some cases, it was a chance for parents to do their homework; to find out if, all those times their children said they were doing their homework or staying after school for help, they actually were.
There are lots of parents who don't come or can't come, and the handful of teachers at the English for Speakers of Other Languages table, were virtually empty. But the principal said he's trying to keep the door open.
Posted by: KathyWi | November 12, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse
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