Parent teacher conferences can seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be! These free parent teacher conference forms can help you guide your conversation and make sure you share everything you need to!
I survived parent-teacher conferences.
Do they have a shirt for that? I WOULD BUY IT.
I mean, I spent hours prepping, worked 7am-5pm, and hardly ate a thing all day!
With that said, I’ve only done 1/3 of my class so far, but I am still so relieved and happy!
This was my first year conducting parent-teacher conferences on my own.
For the last three years I’ve translated for parent-teacher conferences and been a part of numerous conference for intervention students.
However, the student’s classroom teacher would run the conference and I was there to translate or share how the student was achieving during my instructional time.
But this time, I was on my own.
So naturally, I turned to all the amazing and seasoned teachers I work with and to amazing bloggers for advice.
One of my first grade teammates advised me to have students complete a self-evaluation.
She said that in the past, her first graders have been very honest about they are doing in school and it was eye opening to share student evaluations with parents at conferences.
In the self evaluation sheets I created, I asked students to evaluate how they follow school rules, the way they treat others, and the quality of their work. I also asked students whether or not they finish their lunch, if they read at home and if they keep their desks clean. Finally, they added one area they want to improve on this year.
Completing the Student Self Evaluation with Primary Students
You might be thinking…
I teach kindergarten! There is no way that I my students can fill out such a form!
Wrong! They are totally capable!
This is how I do it with my classes:
We discuss these items verbally for about a week before students put their evaluations on paper.
Each time we discuss it, I tell them that they are going to rate themselves.
They will rate themselves by showing their thumb up (always), sideways (sometimes), or down (never).
After discussing what we are rating, I ask students to think about their answer in their head.
Then, everyone closes their eyes.
With their eyes closed, they show me their rating with their hand/thumb.
After a week of practice, we complete the activity whole group.
I read the expectations aloud. Instead of them closing their eyes and showing me their thumb, they color the picture (of a hand/thumb) that matches their answer.
I’ve rarely ever had a problem using this method!
My students proved to be very honest, and some were pretty hard on themselves!
I really like that it got my firsties thinking about their school performance, rather than someone telling them how they do in school.
So far, it has been great insight for parents and myself alike!
You can download my student self evaluation forms at the bottom of this post!
At first I was really nervous to conduct my conference this way, because I know most parents expect to walk in and have a report card handed to them.
However, I “tested” it out with my first conference and it went so well, I kept doing it.
I spent wayyyyy too many hours prepping for the conferences (good thing the hubs was out of town) but boy oh BOY was it worth it in the end!
FREE Parent Teacher Conference Forms
Do you want to try this with your students?Download your free parent-teacher conference form AND student self evaluation!
I have had many requests for an editable version of these parent-teacher conference forms, so I created one of those as well!Click to find the EDITABLE version in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
What’s your best parent-teacher conference or tip? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Other Favorite Resources for Parent Teacher Conferences
Do you teach children to read? You don’t want to miss this free reading tips brochure! It’s perfect for handing out at conferences and it will teach your students’ parents how they can support them in learning to read.
Download this editable and free back to school reading interest survey and get to know your elementary school students so you can serve them best!