I never realized-- or took the time to think about-- the level of anxiety that a teacher experiences during a Parent/Teacher conference! One would just assume, because the teacher is the one at the meeting with the grades and the behavior reports and the information, that the teacher would feel confident going into a conference. Wrong! Teachers get nervous, too, y'all. It's not usually the discussion of grades that make teachers shake in their conference shoes, but rather the topic of behavior. And not so much bad behavior as "weird" behavior-- as in Crazy Train-style weird behavior-- that makes teachers squeamish at conference time. I have discovered during my daily lunches in the Teachers' Lounge this fall that teachers are often afraid of having the Your-Kid-Is-Acting-Weird Conversation! The teachers worry about what to say, how to say it, and when to bring "it" up. They worry that they will say too much or too little. They worry that the parents will get mad, or get offended, or get up and leave! Who knew?!
|*image courtesy of NYC Educator|