1. Bring questions to discuss your the teacher; write down your concerns ahead of time. I know I think of something I wanted to ask about the time I reach the car to go home!
2. Be open-minded to what the teacher says about your child -- kids often act differently at school than at home.
3. Leave with take-home tips. Ask the teacher for tips on preparing for tests, homework-help ideas, ways to help your child socialize with other students.
4. Follow-up -- with your student. Tell your student what was said -- including praise -- who doesn't love a pat on the back!
From my own experiences, remember if there is not enough time in the conference to discuss all your concerns, make another appointment or contact the teacher by telephone or e-mail. I know our conferences are only about 10 minutes long and teachers have to keep on schedule as there are other parents waiting their turns. Most teachers are more than willing to set up an appointment, make a phone call or e-mail to discuss your questions and concerns.
|Feathers are allowed at her school -- Maddy was delighted to get one recently - it's ice-blue!! |
This made my little student very happy
Being a teacher is hard. Being a student is work too and the key (I think) is hard work, communication and cooperation. I have found my girl's teachers to be very helpful. Maddy is a very hard worker and wants to please. But, she's also a little afraid to ask questions and she's a worrier. I do all I can to help her feel comfortable and at ease with her teacher and also to find ways to help her learn and excel in the classroom and with her homework. Yep, we are again doing "Jeopardy" social studies and science this year to make learning definitions more fun! What works for you and your student?