Parent-Teacher Conference

~45 minutes

The central issue of this sim is communication between a teacher and a parent about the performance of the student. The problem of practice is that parent-teacher conferences can end up being difficult conversations for the teacher if the teacher assumes the conversation is about the performance of the student while the parent wants it to be about the performance of the teacher.

Key characters include:

  • Parent of an 8th-grade student in your class
  • Principal

Trade-offs to consider:

  • Adhering to process vs. adapting to circumstances
  • Providing information vs. active listening
  • Making timely progress vs. expanding time for dialogue

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