I apologize if there is a duplicate thread out there-- I did not see one!
I thought we might share some ideas for making the most of our parent-teacher conferences. We had ours last night and I felt like it was very successful.
- I brought in samples (photocopied pages-- to keep) of three different kinds of books my daughter is reading (non-fiction and fiction). The teachers responded to this very enthusiastically. It gave them an idea of not only her interests, but the level of which she is capable.
- I brought in a sample of my daughter's writing (something she did on her own). Again, this gave them an idea of her capabilities.
- I discussed my children's interests outside of the classroom. The teachers were excited to hear about them, and wrote down what I said.
- I asked teachers for suggestions for areas of improvement very specifically.
- I scheduled an appointment with one of their resource teachers. She works with them in small groups and was able to give me new insights, and was also glad for the information I gave her about each child.
- We discussed one daughter's behavior at home-- the teacher was then able to see DD's behavior in a new light and understand it better.
- I wasn't afraid to give suggestions to the teacher . . .phrasing it, "Would it be possible to . . .?"
What I noticed, overall, was that the more information I gave them, the more they brainstormed with me for plans for how to meet my children's needs. As a teacher, I know there are "two" children . . .the one we see in the classroom and the one at home. I think if we can bridge this gap, the better a (good!) teacher will be able to take advantage of strengths and help work on weaknesses.
I am also interested in how often/how you communicate with your children's teachers. I do it rarely, unless the school calls me to a meeting.