I really enjoyed dropping in on a few conferences yesterday. In addition to the positive tone and great conversations, I couldn’t help but notice the keen look on our parents faces. In a student-led conference, (which start at the 4th grade at McA), the parents seemed to radiate pride and joy as they listened to their son describe a math problem and the approach he took to achieve it. In a first grade conference, it was fun to watch the parents reading their child’s work. Conferences are an amazing time and a wonderful opportunity to further the discussion of your child’s learning.
You are here each week and see aspects of what the kids are learning. You attend monthly parent meetings to hear about the month ahead, reflections of the past month, and learn about and discuss some of the developmental aspects of your child. You are an integral part of creating exemplary learning experiences for your child(ren) and all of our students. You see the fruits of your labor in the interaction with the students in class and around campus, and yet, when it comes time for teacher-parent conferences we often can run into a road block.
What do we ask? What do I need to know? How can I help?
Edutopia offers a range of resources for educators and parents and it’s a worthwhile site to visit. Each year they put out a list of questions for parents. I’m sharing a portion of it with you here. If you are at a loss for what to ask I would recommend that you pick no more than 1 or 2 and be open to the conversation. Last but not least, enjoy this time as an opportunity to get to know another side of your child and to share insight you have with their teacher.
5 Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer
- What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
- How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
- What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
- How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom?
- What am I not asking but should be?
Abridged from Edutopia’s 19 Questions which you can find here http://edut.to/1oh7hoZ