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Parent-teacher conferences, they can be moments of great inspiration or moments of quiet dread.
As a parent of three I have experienced both ends of the spectrum. As a teacher of more than a few
minutes years, I have experienced each end as well. For both parties, surprise surprise there is a code, a secret language that transpires at such gatherings. Life and conferences progress much easier when both parties keep to the code.
But, for those who haven't experienced the dread conference and never will
I know you're knocking on wood now, aren't you I am going to confess the thoughts behind both parites:
Teacher: She is a bright student, she just isn't applying herself
means: There are more gaps in her gradebook entries than there are in a schizophrenic's memory.
Parent: We have been working on this at home.
means: We have cajoled, yelled, grounded, bribed, and screamed the next step is WHAT?
Teacher: We've noticed a recent change in his friends and behavior.
means: You better keep an eye on your son. His new friends make the drug cartels look kind.
Parents: She just never talks about school.
means: She has clammed up tighter than Scrooge's wallet at a charity auction.
Teacher: We strongly encourage the students to practice and take-on more responsibility.
means: We are not going to call after every class with and update. OR Please stop doing your kid's homework!
Parents: Math is taught completely differently than when I was a kid.
means: You are the teacher, teach! OR I hate math, so you need to do it at school - stop sending me homework!
Teacher: I'm glad we could work out this communication issue.
means: It is completely understandable that you would believe your child over the AP. We always bust/fail/report kids for doing nothing - it's how we get our kicks.
Parents: I just don't see how this could have happened in the classroom.
means: Hello! Are you even watching my kid?
Obviously, when we use the code everyone gets along. If you find yourself at a loss for code just remember everyone is there for the child. And vent through another venue...a blog for instance.