end of the 2nd trimester

16 . March . 2010

nathan’s fifth-grade teacher,
mrs. c,
is a rock star.

today’s parent-teacher-conf format
was one more example of why
she has ‘teacher o’ the year’
in the bag.

here’s the format she uses:

1. the student is present.
her conferences are
student-teacher-parent conferences.

2. she is seated across from the student
and i’m in the wing-man chair;
it’s an evaluatory-conversation between the two
of them and the parent is there in
more of a ‘coach’ role.

and

she does individual assessments
throughout the year with each student,
so they’re familiar
with this ‘conference’ format
fowards-and-backwards.

3. she asks the student,
based on the report card
(she takes notes and agrees
with him while he is talking):

a. what are you proud of this past trimester?
b. where did you struggle this past trimester?
c. how can i help you make the changes
you want for this next season?

4. then the student asks the parent
for their impression of this past
grading period + the report card,
strengths, weaknesses, things to focus
on for the next season of school.

what a pleasure to be
a part of such an
encouraging conference experience
with my oh-so-grown-up fifth-grader.

way to go, mrs. c.

way to go, n;
here’s to your final season
in elementary school, love.

ps –
we hit the sneak preview
of ‘diary of a wimpy kid’
@ 68th st this afternoon.

three words:
save. your. money.

i’m so glad we didn’t
pay to see it.
that’s all i’ll go on the record as saying.

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