Parent/Teacher Conference - Day 2
While yesterday was devoted to our daughter, today was the day for our son’s conference. They are both completely different children and the tone of the two conferences was also completely different starting with having five adults present today! To be honest, I think having that many people, his teacher, the assistant teacher, my wife, myself and the family advocate present were a bit too much for our son. Family advocate you ask? Why yes, and no, we didn’t have a clue as to why the teacher asked for her to attend.
We started our meeting with introductions. Each student was taught how to introduce people to each other and today was their day to practice their new-found skill.
My son, “Mom and Dad? This is Ms Hanson and Ms Grune.” A bit of coaching and then he continued, “Ms Hanson and Ms Grune? These are my parents Carrie and Darren.”
From there we progressed through his own step by step self appraisal of his work so far this year with a few comments from his teacher. He does well when he knows what he’s supposed to do, is at least partly familiar with the material and can just focus on doing schoolwork. Reading is also an area of strength for him. He’s in the top third of his class in math, the top twenty-percent in reading.
However, sitting still at a desk for more than five minutes and actually listening to instructions seems to be a big struggle for him. Even during our time there he got up and walked around to illustrate the points he was making. It appears that our youngest was not destined to work a desk job!
So what do you do as a parent when your child is performing well academically provided he has the right environment for him to excel? And what do you do as a parent when the regular school environment is not that environment?
For now the answer seems that you continue to adapt, cope and offer as much home support to enable their success while continuing to look for solutions that may be better.