Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Parent Conferences {freebie}

That's right, it's parent and teacher conference time!  At my school district, we have Fall and Spring conferences.  And this year we have two nights of conferences a week apart.  I had my first night of conferences last night and then the next one is next Thursday.  I went ahead and prepared all of my conference notes ahead of time and so I'm already ready for next week's.

I've always sat at my reading table, sitting across from parents during our conference.  But I've heard from many how that's a bit of a no-no.  So this year I prepared one of my student tables for our conferences.  I laid a cheapy tablecloth over it and had all of my files right there.  See the picture below!

I think it worked out really well for my conferences last night.  It makes the environment a little more comfortable for parents and shows I'm not across the table being against them, but having a discussion WITH them about their child.

Anyway, I made a few reading handouts that I sent home with parents during conferences.  They are "Help your Child Become A Better Reader" handouts for fiction books as well as nonfiction books.  The idea is not mine, I've seen a variety of them out there.  But I wanted to make my own to go with the type of comprehension questions I work on with my students during reading groups.  Feel free to grab yourself a copy!  If you do, I'd love to hear from you!

Have I said how much I LOVE teaching second grade reading groups?!?  They CAN read already! And they get it!  Well... most of them.  I get to actually have book talks and ask tough questions that make my kiddos think!  LOVE it!



  1. We just found your blog through Farley's Block Party! Your have lots of fabulous ideas {loooove the puzzle boards!}

    We also have a 2nd grade blog. We're having a giveaway right now. We hope you'll stop by!

    Halle & Jenna
    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  2. Thanks for the handouts to use during conferences. I've "boo-ed" you! Check out my blog for the details!

    Kelly Teach

  3. I love your handout as well...and I boo-ed you too! LOL Check it out on my blog!

    Craft of Teaching

  4. Hi Cyndi! I'm your newest follower, and am so excited to meet all these 2nd grade bloggers! I am a new 2nd grade blogger myself, so I am really starting to enjoy reading all these great ideas others share!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized