Conferences are 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. 17 – Nov. 19. Progress reports will be going home on Friday, November 13. Conferences are scheduled with your child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time.
As a reminder, we use standards based progress reports which helps us measure student growth as aligned to grade level standards. On November 3rd, I sent a detailed communication to families regarding the progress report. You can also access this information at this webpage. 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.
Each year at this time, I like to share information about our fall conferences in order to help make the most of your time with the teacher. Some things to consider during your conferences...
- 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 help you get a better insight into your child’s performance.
- 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 help see how the teacher will encourage your child to grow this year.
- 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 so teaching has changed so things are taught in a new manner.
- 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.
- 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.