Prepare materials for parents to read in your waiting area. Develop a notebook that includes a copy of the physical education curriculum, student expectations, special events, information on grading, protocols that students are expected to follow, and any additional physical activity programs you offer. Include photos of students in action, and a display of NASPE brochures that are designed to educate parents.
Dress and act professionally.
Start the conference with a warm greeting and an agenda.
Begin and end on a positive note. Start by sharing the student's strengths, and end with optimistic, shared strategies for success.
Be attentive. Eye contact and good listening skills will create a caring environment.
Create an inviting room setup. Pull some chairs in a circle or sit at a table where you can meet openly.
Come prepared with documentation. Samples of student work and anecdotal notes tell the story of a child's progress.
Explain what the class will learn during the year, and how the parents can help extend learning to the home.
Express appreciation to the parent for attending the conference. Note that s/he is your ally in supporting the success of the child under all circumstances.
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