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Guided Observations for Parents

Approach Three: Guided Observations for Parents

In an attempt to have parents develop their own perspective on their child’s strengths and weaknesses, I developed a brief observation tool where parents could write down their observations and then discuss them during parent/teacher conferences. This observation tool was handed out to the parents two weeks before we were scheduled for conferences; they were then handed in the week of the conferences.  The hope behind this was that the parent would take a more active role in their child’s practices at home as well as have them contribute more during the conference.  
However, the issue we faced with this strategy was that not every parent participated.  The ones who did were able to have more of an active conversation with us.  This was a useful tool because it allowed parents to voice their observations and note their concerns in addition to making the parent/teacher conference a more collaborative process.