#sol17- October 10, 2017
After two busy days of three-way conferences (parent-teacher-student), my brain is a bit sizzled, so tonight I reflect on what I know (or know again) after this round of conferences:
- Some students are exactly the same at home and at school, so parents nod and smile a lot
- Some students are so different with their parents there (some sillier, others more serious)
- Most students took the conference really seriously and wanted to show their best
- It is a different kind of tired after two days of talking to parents all day
- Conferences should never be at the start of the week- we teachers are exhausted now and the kids have just had a 4-day weekend, so we are at a disadvantage in terms of energy levels
- The reflections they wrote before were so honest and spot on- these kids know themselves well
- It is harder to be a third grader now than when I was a kid (the level of reading, writing, and math they are expected to achieve really is remarkable, no wonder we teachers feel pressure too)
- Many students are operating in a second or third language all day at school and they really have double the effort when they face home language work when they get home
- Having the time to talk with parents gives you a new perspective on the students’ lives outside of school (on so many levels)
- While the conferences set purpose is to reflect on progress thus far and set goals they also help me to know my students better
- I am grateful I have this group of students this year- with almost one-quarter of the school year behind us we have lots to look forward to!
**** Zhi Hong (student from last year) keeps slicing!