5 ways you can tell that you’ve had a successful school parents’ evening

 

SHCOOL is painted along the newly paved road leading to Southern Guilford High School on Drake Road Monday, August 9, 2010, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/News & Record, Joseph Rodriguez) **MANDATORY CREDIT***
SHCOOL is painted along the newly paved road leading to Southern Guilford High School on Drake Road Monday, August 9, 2010, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/News & Record, Joseph Rodriguez) **MANDATORY CREDIT***

It was Parents’ Night at my children’s school last night. School parents’ evenings can be stressful in that you never know what to expect, and often parents have to read between the lines to get a sense of how their child is really doing at school.

This is how I would measure a successful parents’ evening, from the parent’s perspective. Teachers may have other opinions.

  • At least one of your children is described by their teacher as “surreal”
    I’m guessing that teachers must see a lot of weird stuff in the course of their day, so to stick out as the strange kid takes some effort. Weird kids are good. Weird kids will inherit the earth.
  • Your child’s Literacy Book provides an illuminating review of your family life
    Favourite quote from my son’s news book: “At the weekend we did a Dalek conga line”. Yes we did Child of Mine, and thank you for broadcasting that fact.
  • The teacher makes reference to your child’s “liveliness” or refers to them as “a character” (but not too often)
    Saying they’re “a personality” once may be a compliment on their sunny nature, but more than once and you’ve probably got a PITA on your hands who needs to be told to reign it in a bit.
  • The teacher actually seems to know your child
    I once had a teacher read out some comments about my son, which didn’t really ring true. Then they realised they were reading the wrong line, and had just told me their thoughts about the girl who sits next to him. Last night was better in that both the teachers I saw seemed to know my children and their individual (marvellous) personalities.
  • You tell the teacher something that embarrasses your child
    As parents, there is no finer gift we can give our children than to do something that embarrasses them. So I told my daughter’s teacher about her blog. Oops. Didn’t tell him about mine though. Double oops.

 

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  • I like the sound of your daughter Alan.

  • It was my last ever parents’ evening last night, as our youngest is 18 and in the middle of A levels. Daughter is ‘quite aggressive in her questioning’ said teacher. Daughter then proceeded to correct teacher on how A levels are marked and graded.

  • Joanne Mallon

    oh that is a funny one Dave. No flies on your mum

  • Dave

    My favourite parents evening ever was when an AWFUL science teacher sat and told my mum that I “most definitely have ADHD”.

    My mum’s response, “If your lessons are anything like this discussion, he must just be extremely bored.”