The parent-teacher conference.

a. Observe a parent-teacher conference. Identify some listening behaviors used by the teacher. Notice the comfort level of the parent during the conference. Did the teacher make use of the compliment sandwich? How do the behaviors used by the teacher correspond to the recommendation for effective listening in the text?

b. Interview a teacher experienced in parent-teacher conferences. Ask how the teacher communicates to make the conference productive for both the parent and the teacher. Ask about how the teacher has addressed challenges experienced in past conferences. How do the communication ideas mentioned by the teacher correspond to the recommendations for effective conferencing in the text?