How do you all feel about parents that "just stop by" before or after school? They're dropping off/picking up their kids and it is a convenient time for THEM to have a parent conference. I admit that when my children were young I would sometimes walk into the classroom, not knowing how disruptive it could be to the teacher. I'm in a FB group where one woman told another to just stop by and confront a teacher about a mistake she may have made. I suggested that she email the teacher and ask if there was a time that would be best to meet. Someone ELSE said no, the teacher might pick a time in the middle of the day and that wouldn't be convenient. So I asked what if it wasn't convenient for the teacher to meet at pickup time? I got quite a few responses along the lines of "that's what the teacher is PAID to do!" "I pay taxes - the teacher works on MY timeline!" At the high school level I don't have this happen a lot, but it does happen. I have had impromptu meetings with parents where there wasn't any inconvenience for me. But I've also had to tell parents that I could not meet with them at that moment and offered up a different time. Usually they get pi$$y when I do that. A couple have left my room and stomped straight into the principal's office claiming I refused to meet with them. Once a dumb-butt administrator called me to the front office via the school-wide intercom. I called the front office from my room instead and told the admin that I was on my way out and would have to meet with her the next day. She said a parent was in the office and we needed to all meet then. I repeated that I was on my out and we would have to meet later at a mutually convenient time. Didn't win me any points with the administrator but I think the parent got the point. I have even had parents stop by during class time and want to discuss their child. I would never expect a doctor, lawyer, even hairstylist to be available the moment I walk into their place of business. Why the expectation that teachers should be?