From the Principal
Our fall conferences are coming soon! This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the partnership between home and school as we dedicate time to talk about children during a focused, uninterrupted time period. This year, conferences are held from Nov. 14 – Nov. 16. Progress reports will be going home on Friday, November 10. Your child’s teacher has likely contacted you to schedule a mutually convenient conference time.
As a reminder, we use mastery based learning progress reports, which helps us measure student growth as aligned to grade level standards. I sent a detailed communication to families regarding the progress report last week and you can also access the same information by following this link on our school web page. If you need any additional information regarding progress reports or information understanding the progress report, I would be happy to help you. Just contact me and we will set a time to meet.
In order to make the most of your time with the teacher, I’d recommend the following things:
1) Ask questions – When the teacher shares about your child’s academic performance, ask questions so that you clearly understand your child’s achievement. When the teacher discusses a reading level, ask to see a “just-right” book so you know what your child is able to read independently. Ask to see how their writing has improved so you can see the gains that were already made. Ask the teacher to see a “rubric” to get an idea of the things that teachers are looking for with your child’s work. All of these things, will give you a better insight into your child’s performance.
2) Discuss your goals for your child – What is it that you hope for your child to achieve this year? Think about it at home and then talk about it with the teacher so the partnership can begin to plan out how to achieve these goals. Also, ask the teacher what goal they have for your child. This will provide insight as to how the teacher will encourage your child to grow this year.
3) Be open-minded – School has changed a lot since we all went through it. Expectations for students are higher, instruction is more individualized and the methodology has changed. Our children learn differently than we did; there’s even brain research that shows that children’s brains function differently than children twenty years ago! As a result, teaching has changed so things may be taught in a new manner. Ask questions to gain a better understanding so that you can support your child’s learning.
4) Listen for the positives – Take the time to acknowledge your child’s successes and celebrate the hard work and effort that they have put forth this year.
5) Leave with a plan – At the end of the conference, know what the teacher is working on with your child, what goals your child is working towards and what you are doing to support your child at home with these focus areas. Continue to have conversations with your child regarding the growth they are making in school.
These are just a few suggestions to help during conference time. I know you will learn about your child’s performance in school and will greatly enjoy the time with the teachers.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or ideas, please contact me.