Renee Gare

“I get 15 minutes to reassure parents, exhibit work samples, justify the choices I made as a professional, demonstrate my knowledge of the child’s strengths and weaknesses, make suggestions for ways to support the child’s emotional, social and academic development,” Sydney teacher Renee says of parent-teacher conferences.

“You can see how easy it can be for things to go belly-up. My epic fail tonight was showing the wrong student’s book to a parent, and realising my error halfway through the interview. Hey, both names started with W! I guess six interviews in a row was a really bad idea.”