Friday, September 18, 2009

Conferences - Part Four

Communicate! Let the teacher know anything about your child that might affect his or her learning. For example, are there any disabilities such as ADHD or epilepsy? Is the child taking any medication that might affect his learning? You might think the teacher already knows about these things, but that may not be true. Let the teacher know what motivates your child, what does he or she like or hate about school, what has worked in the past with other teachers, and what do you do at home that works.

Ask about your child's grades, but remember there is nothing wrong with getting a B or a C. Almost every straight A student will eventually get a B or C in something. It happens. You may not like it, but for the most part, I think the child will be a little better for it. It is a humbling experience and one, in my opinion, that many straight A students need.

Remember to ask about other areas of your child's school experience...things like being a good citizen, being respectful, being responsible, having good character, working well with others, and caring about them. Often times, later in life, these are the things that will be far more important than the C they got in Algebra.

And finally, ask the teacher what they would like you to do to help your child be successful. They can offer tips on studying, homework, and time management. They may be able to provide you with study guides, course outlines, a syllabus, and directions to websites that will make the school year a little easier and more enjoyable for you and your child.

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