Today I had parent conferences all day. It’s always a little surprising to me how tired I am after a day of conferences. Conferences are not physically taxing, but I am aware that they take a lot out of me mentally.

For this reason (among others), I generally do not relish conference days. However, this time around I was really looking forward to several of my conferences because I am so pleased and proud of the growth that a number of my students have made since the fall. It it a rewarding feeling to share writing samples with parents that demonstrate significant progress and to see parents’ reactions of pride when they read their children’s work for the first time.

My wife and I also conferenced with our own children’s teachers today. It is enlightening to be on the other side of the desk from my children’s teachers, and I think it has made me a better teacher. Throughout the conferences with my children’s teachers, I find myself seeking reassurance while asserting my hopes for my children as I try to listen for new insights into the young person my child is becoming.

I’m not sure which side of the desk is more taxing or complicated. As I close out this exhausting day, I am reminded of what a privilege and great responsibility it is to work with young people as well as to parent my own children. And I’m grateful for the partnership that I find in both my students’ parents and my children’s teachers alike.

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3 thoughts on “Parent Conferences

  1. This is a great reflection. I liked the part where you questioned which side of the desk was more taxing. My oldest just went to kindergarten this year. I’m finding it tricky to be a teacher mom. My mentor always said that conferences are a turning point. They let parents see how much you care about their child. While exhausting, I always valued this time.

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  2. I like this line – am reminded of what a privilege and great responsibility it is to work with young people as well as to parent my own children. I remember those conference days when I did my students and my children. They were sweet but so much to take in! Hope you have a restful weekend.

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