Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences provide a formal opportunity for us to share our collective insights into each child. They also strengthen the link between the home and school environments in a way that written notes and phone calls cannot.
I love parent teacher conferences.
This causes a bit of a problem because time is limited and I love to talk with parents about their children. Likewise, most parents love to talk about their children so the meetings tend to run long.
Yesterday Lauren and I were on a very tight schedule with 14 parents to see in 3 hours. I felt the pressure.
The children in our class are all growing in beautiful ways. Most students are performing at or above grade level but we have a few who are approaching this goal. The key is that they are all making progress. We keep detailed binders on each child containing reading assessments, alphabet and letter sound knowledge, writing samples (collected each month), handwriting development, math assessments, ASL rubrics, science growth, conference notes, guided reading/writing records and observations of social/emotional interactions.
We use this information to plan our instruction and it paints a clear picture to the parents of how their child is doing in school. One parent stated that we didn't need to say a word because it was all there. She could see it for herself and thanked us! How lovely is that?
I'm always grateful to the parents for the gift of their children.
It is such a privilege to teach.