How To Flip Your Parent and Student Meetings

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Each year, we sit down with all of the students on our caseload and have 15 minute meetings with each individual student and parent where we discuss post-secondary/graduation plans (college and career readiness) and course registration/planning. 

It takes me about a month and a half to get through these meetings with my 400+ students on my caseload. Now don't get me wrong... I LOVE getting to sit down and talk with students and parents one-on-one. It is very life giving. What is life draining, however, is saying the SAME thing 400 times plus.

This year I set out to be more efficient (the maximizer in me). I am trying a "flipped meeting" style video that I am asking parents and students to watch before we sit down. I want to answer more of  my families' specific questions; I want to hear myself talk less. I used Screen Cast-O-Matic which I wrote a blog post about HERE last Spring. I uploaded a 15 minute video to my YouTube channel and am asking parents and students to watch it before we sit down to have our meeting.

I received one email from a parent so far with good feedback, so I am looking forward to seeing how it goes overall!

Check out my professional development presentation on "Technology for Effectiveness" for more about flipped meetings and other ideas to make your school counseling program more effective!

Have you ever used flipped meetings before? Was it efficient and effective? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Oh my, this seems like something I should use! Thank you for the tip! Sometimes I just feel like a stuck record-player sadly.

    I'm having a lot of talks with students about the future and I love it! Would like to see some more parents as well, but it's mostly just the students. Parents e-mail and call me more often though :)

    But is 15 minute enough? Often when parents are with the child at a meeting, I set off 30 minutes at least to take the time to actually listen on the dreams and goals.

    1. We have to limit our yearly meetings to 15 minutes/family because I have 450 of them to do just for my own caseload. We structure it so 3/4 of the day are these meetings, and it still takes a month and a half! Other than that, I always allow parents/students to meet with me for as long as well need.

  2. Oh, I understand precisely!
    One thing I've noticed, even if I have the opportunity to have longer meetings, is the importance schedule in short pauses and breaks during the meetings as well :)

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