Parent Conferences are coming up again.
I swear we just had them but, apparently, it’s been a year. A WHOLE YEAR. They are coming up the week after next. We have a minimum day schedule which means our kids go home at 12:32pm. And we still get one recess and one lunch.
And, for the first time since I’ve been working in this district, we are also having one whole non-student day that week so that we can have more conferences during the day.
I think that’s what you have to do when you have 59 kids in your class. Maybe. I don’t know. Shoulder shrug.
Anywho, this is where you guys come in.
Every year, our entire teaching staff gets together during one of our Professional Collaboration Teaching And Meeting And Not Working In Our Classroom Times (I might have gotten that wrong, but you get the gist) to coordinate sibling conferences.
In other words, we make sure all sibling conferences are back to back (to back to back) so that the parents only need to come to school once. For example, they might meet with me at 12:40, the sister’s teacher at 1:00 and the brother’s teacher at 1:20.
Back to back to back.
Kerry, my twin, said that her school in Texas does not do this and you just have to hold your breath and hope for the best and/or look at Facebook or Instagram or blogs on your iPhone while you wait in between your children’s conferences. Or go to Target in between. Or, even, go home and cook dinner and go to sleep, and then go to the other kid’s conference the next day.
I couldn’t believe it. Your school doesn’t coordinate sibling conferences?! WHAT?!
When our staff gets together on this particular Coordinate Sibling Conferences Day, and we have preference notes from parents and we have noted who has a sibling in whose class, and who has more than one sibling in multiple classes, it is mass chaos.
Mass Chaos, I said.
It is horrible.
I can’t stand it.
I can’t take it.
Everyone wants to talk to everyone and people are shouting over each other and yelling across the room, “I NEED OLDHAM!” or two teachers are yelling across the room, “WE NEED OLDHAM!” or “WHERE’S OLDHAM?”
Well, I’ll tell you where I am.
Cowering in the corner with my Super Organized Conference Grid praying and hoping that I don’t have to erase anything.
It is extremely complicated, but it is the only way we do it.
Over the past few years, I’ve started emailing teachers and getting it over with before the staff actually meets.
However, a couple of teachers think that’s cheating so it’s frowned upon.
It is a GIGANTIC HEADACHE.
But, somehow, and I don’t know how, it all works itself out and the parents only end up having to come on one specific day for one specific block of time.
So my question to you is . . . DO YOU DO THIS AT YOUR SCHOOL????!!!!!!!!
**I do not have 59 kids. I have 30 currently. I did have 31. I can have 32.
It just feels like 59.