When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.
Parent-teacher conferences mean parents and the teacher exchange information for the benefit of the student. Whether the student is a first grader whose parents are helping him or her learn to read or a senior struggling with calculus, conferences can help parents and teachers work together to plan ways they can help the student work to their highest capability and succeed.
What Could I Ask?
Here is a sampling of questions you may want to ask:
- At what level is my child working in the major subjects?
- What are the reasons that he/she is at a particular level?
- What work do you expect my child to cover during the year?
- In addition to the goals my child has set for himself/herself, are there other areas he / she should work on this year?
- How can I help my student reach her / his goals?
- Does my child arrive in the classroom on time, calm and ready for work?
- Does he / she contribute worthwhile information to the class?
- Does my child work and play well with other members of the class and with other children on the playground?
- Is my child developing good work and study habits?
- Is he / she emotionally mature? What can I do to help with social and emotional growth during the year?
- How can I help you?
Here are a few "helpful hints" that you may find useful as you prepare for your child's conference.
- Make written notes concerning any questions that you or your child may have.
- Please bring these "helpful" notes with you to the conference.
- Try to make specific comments about the report card without comparing it to previous ones or to another child's progress report card.
- Please encourage your child to base his/her feelings of success on setting and achieving goals instead of what is on the report card.