The Background It’s the second week of school. I’ve only seen my kids four times this year. So when the inevitable question “How’s my kid doing?” came up, I confidently and thoroughly communicated my that I have no clue whatsoever. “He’s a nice kid. Academically? I’ll know more soon. I’ve collected a couple of work samples that I’d like to look through.” So what made this so heartwarming?
The Partnership What a caring parent! It was great to build this relationship from the ground up, in a get-to-know-you fashion. This is a strong foundation for the rest of the year. I’m striving to do this with a greater number of families.
The Outline Here are the conference questions I used. Keep in mind that asking them verbatim off the page is not the goal of the conversation. In fact, I didn’t ask the seventh question so I can only vouch for the first six. They worked wonders!