Research shows that when parents and teachers work together, everyone benefits: students learn better with less anxiety, develop skills to demonstrate their knowledge through assessments, have greater joy in attending school, and show more positive attitudes toward peers and themselves.
An important aspect of The Academy is that we share with our parents a common goal of training up covenant children to be a viable part of God’s Kingdom. To accomplish, this, we believe it takes home, church, and school working together to assist our children in their learning and growing.
A strategic part of this partnership is the parent/teacher conference each semester. Research has shown that when parents and teachers work together, everyone benefits: students learn better with less anxiety, develop skills to demonstrate their knowledge through assessments, have greater joy in attending school, and show more positive attitudes toward peers and themselves.
Conference times are important in establishing a partnership with your child’s teacher. It is a special twenty-minute slot of time devoted exclusively to building a trusting, equitable relationship with each other to assure a successful academic and spiritual growth year. Both you and your teacher will make the most of your time together if you come prepared.
Before next week, take the time to consider questions that you have, write them down so you have them available for the teacher, and list areas of excitement or achievements that you’ve observed so far this semester in addition to any concerns. Even though you may have spoken frequently with school personnel about your child’s needs, a conference is an opportunity to continue to build a cooperative partnership with your teacher.
In an effort to assist you in making the most of your time, I have compiled a few questions/comments for your consideration to address to your teacher(s). These suggestions come from our WISE representatives and North Campus teachers.
- Share how your home days/evening homework times are going, celebrating highlights and voicing concerns. Request any ideas from your teacher to assist in establishing routines. Ask any questions of clarification or concern you have in an area.
- Ask how your child’s social behavior and interaction is with others? What is the general summary of his/her classroom attitude and participation?
- State what goals you have for your child this year: academically, morally/spiritually, behaviorally, socially, physically.
- Ask what areas in particular might your child be struggling in? How can we, as parents and teachers, help lessen the struggle?
- Ask where your student is excelling? How can we help play to his/her strength?
- Share what your child’s attitude seems to be toward school. How can we help her love what she is learning and accomplishing?
- Ask how you can assist your child in growing more independent this year?
- Ask if there are any areas that your child hesitates to do in any classes? Where does he seem to get excited?
- Ask how can your family can support the teacher this year in partnering in this educational adventure? Then communicate how the teacher can help you.
I hope this is of some assistance as you come to your conference.