Do your teachers want to really know your kids?

This year our teachers both sent home questionnaires to answer about the kids. Walsh’s teacher sent home three questions and Rose’s sent home 10.

The questions included:

What do you consider to be your child’s strengths?

What positive reinforcement does your child respond to upon successfully completing a task?

What activities does your child participate in outside of school?

What activities and/or subjects does your child like the most?

What activities and/or subjects does your child like the least?

In what kind of learning environment does your child work best?

When issues of discipline come up in school, how best would you like them to be dealt with?

What are you feelings about homework? (amount, type, etc)

What are your primary goals you and your child have set for this school year?

Is there anything else you would like to tell me about your child?

I think these are really excellent questions, and it makes me feel like this teacher (who I don’t know at all) really wants to get to know my child and what works best for her. I appreciate the teacher taking the time to ask these questions and reflect on my input.

Even though I didn’t get questionnaires from last year’s teachers, I think both of the teachers really got to know our kids and our family. They each had very good suggestions for finding the best environment for this year.

I was talking with a principal from a different school last year and I told her that Rose liked to come in each morning and tell her teacher a short story about home before school started. The principal looked straight at me and said there would be no time for that at her school. They had  way too much to accomplish.

I shared that story with Rose’s teacher last year and she was just shocked. She said that’s how I get to know my kids – by talking to them!

Are your school’s teachers interested in getting to know your children as individuals or do they just want to check the items off the county’s curriculum list? Is there time in the school day for teachers to listen and learn about their students’ families and outside time? Should the teachers be incorporating the students’ lives into their work to make it more interesting and relevant?

What do you think of our teacher’s questions? Would you appreciate her asking? Would you take the time to answer?

42 comments Add your comment

pws

August 10th, 2010
7:20 am

Wow, that’s a lot of questions in one blog! Both of mine are out of regular school, with the youngest finishing up her last year of college this year and spending the summer applying to med school. However, I would have appreciated the teachers asking these questions at the beginning of the year, instead of just relying on the information from the previous year’s teacher. It’s better when the teacher starts off “fresh” with each child at the beginning of the year, I found that the best teachers were the ones who wanted to learn about each child on their own merit, without depending on the comments from the previous year.

I thought we would never get my youngest out of lower school. It’s a long story, but sbe made it in spite of the teachers she had who wanted to “pigeon hole” her. You as the parent should know your child best, and it makes for the most sucessful school year when both the teacher and the parent works together for the same goal.

Mo

August 10th, 2010
7:24 am

I didnt’ get a questionaire per say, but she did send home a sheet that said tell me about your child and it was a lined sheet of paper so that you can tell what you think is important and/or cute etc… it was actually cute, the note said something like:

I know your going oh no homework the first day of school. This homework is for you not your child :) Remember homework is due on Friday.

There was also another sheet that will go into their writing folder and we are supposed to help our child decorate it with family picturs and stickers and other things that represent special events and my give them ideas for writing.

motherjanegoose

August 10th, 2010
8:02 am

When mine were smaller, their summer homework was to write a paragraph about themselves and tell their new teacher a few things about their family and what they did during the summer.

I would hand this to the teacher at the visitation and mention that he/she could read it when she got a chance. The teachers always smiled and thanked me, they could get a glimpse into our world and sit down with the paper when they had time to do so.

The thing I missed most about not being in the classroom was getting to know the families….I loved that so much. YES there were always a few who could put damper on the year but most of the families were wonderful.

One year, I had a Kindergartener whose Dad was a Navy Pilot and they came on an year exchange from Portugal. His mom did not speak much English. When she came in for the conference, I had someone come in to help and the Mom broke down in tears and said she wished her children could live their lives here in America, instead of having to go back to their own country when their term was up.That was 25 years ago! It broke my heart.

To me, the questions and how you answer them will give the teacher a glimpse into what YOU think and how on spot you are about your child. Sometimes, this is very telling…right catlady? The way some parents will answer is not going to tell the teacher what perhaps works best but, instead, if the parents really know what their child needs. The teacher does not know this yet but, after a month in the classroom…he/she will know the child well and can tell if the parents do too. This is going to shock some of you but not all parents really know what their kids need.

When my daughter was going to HS, I got a call from her Middle School Math Teacher. He told me that he was recommending her to go into a certain math. I replied, “well, I have to trust your recommendation as you see her each day and can make a better decision about her math skills than I can…you are the math teacher!” He replied, “thanks…if more parents felt that way, my job would be so much easier!”

FYI…I LOVE the stories from home…I use them all the time in my presentations, as a way to get the teachers to laugh. The kids will tell the teacher things that would make the parents crawl under a rug and never want to come out.

I do agree that if 20 children took 3 minutes ( each day) to arrest the teacher and tell a story from home, that would take up 5 hours per week of lost class time BUT I do love those stories. I still get them from the kids and they are priceless!

RJ

August 10th, 2010
8:10 am

Teachers definitely want to get to know each individual child. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible. It’s much easier on the elementary level because you teach the same small group of students all year. However, once the child hits middle school, it’s much more difficult.

I would have a problem with a principal that told me that there was no time for my child to share with his/her teacher. They would definitely need to explain that response. This is the problem in public school, all administrators can see is testing scores, forgetting about the development of the child. This tunnel vision has really hurt our educational system. A child doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

motherjanegoose

August 10th, 2010
8:14 am

FYI…I once went to school where the teachers had a big piece of poster board and they took pictures of themselves and their families and wrote some things about each. I went their to share a literacy training but I got such a kick out of reading about the teachers. As a parent, that would be fun to get a glimpse into their lives too!

Michelle

August 10th, 2010
8:34 am

My little guy’s teacher sent home 1/2 of a posterboard. He has to fill it with pictures, etc. about himself and his hobbies! These can be personal pitures, from magazines, internet, etc. I think this will be kind of cool because it will give him a few places to “look” and be creative! I’m probably going to have to really get him involved so that he gets it done! One of my goals this year is to get him “motivated” to do his homework without me having to sit with him!

Over the last 2 years, they always sent home the paper that was similar to what T received. I always put the same thing, but they never really seemed to pay attention.

Mrs. G

August 10th, 2010
8:46 am

I don’t have kids that are in school (yet!), but every teacher that I know genuinely wants to know their students. My husband goes out of his way to get to know his and they love him for it. We live in a small town and it’s neat when we bump into a student and Hubby has little conversations with them (that are more than, “How are you?” He’ll ask them about whatever sport they play, their part-time job, etc.).

IMO, if a teacher isn’t truly interested in their students, then they shouldn’t be a teacher… When I was in school, I know that I always learned more when I felt like I connected with my teachers – probably because I felt more comfortable and at ease when I was at school. Like someone said above, getting to know all of the students on an individual basis isn’t always possible, but having the desire to is important – students can tell whether a teacher cares or not.

DB

August 10th, 2010
8:49 am

When my daughter was in preschool/Montessori, she had an amazing teacher. The teacher told us up front that she wasn’t available in the 15 minutes before school, and to please not think that she was rude if she “ignored” the adults because she used that time to connect with the students. Sure enough — as the kids would arrive, she would be sitting in a chair inside the door, and each child would come up to her, greet her, show her their treasure of the day (stuffed animal, rock they had found, etc.) get a hug, and get gently nudged to their first task of the day. She was totally focused on greeting the kids, making eye contact with them, smiling, and making the beginning of their day perfect. She’d quickly greet a parent who might walk in, but it was just in passing. The kids really responded to her focused attention.

The questions are interesting — but let’s face it, what works for a parent in regards to inducement/discipline etc., is often not practical for a teacher. I particularly think that the question, “What kind of learning environment . . .” is useless, since that has already been determined by the teacher, so asking after the fact is a little like horses and barn doors. :-)

Lori

August 10th, 2010
8:50 am

I think teachers do want to get to know kids, but I also think they are pressed for time and test scores. Teaching has changed dramatically since we were kids and not for the better! Today’s teachers have way too many kids in the classroom, they are dealing with kids of all skill levels, including behaviorally, mentally, and physically challenged kids all in the same room. They have to deal with parents who would rather blame the teacher than themselves for their child’s issues and a school system that only cares about test scores rather than teaching! I have a professional degree, and I spent some time in a classroom through the GA program that allows professionals to obtain their certification while teaching. I was shocked at the state of public education in this state. My short time in the classroom disgusted me so that I do not and will not send my child to public school in this state. I now work in a professional job again so that I can make enough money to pay for my son’s tuition.

JoDee

August 10th, 2010
8:58 am

Yes, yes, yes. I think that building relationship is one of the most important things about teaching. It is a two-way street, too. I have a fairly detailed biography on my information blog so that parents can read about me–where I came from, what my educational and cultural background is, what my philosophy of teaching is, etc. etc. I also provide a link to a an online survey ( http://www.surveymonkey.com) that parents can complete easily and quickly to tell me about their children. The online survey is free, sorts the information neatly for me, and there is no paper!

I also spend time EVERY DAY asking EVERY STUDENT about themselves. Those are among the most valuable minutes of the day. I got the idea at a conference, put it into practice, and have been doing it every since. Every day there is a question in the board. When students are in their seats, quiet and ready to learn when the bell rings, they may answer the attendance question, which can be anything from “What is your favorite color?” to “What do you think your first job will be?” As I call roll, they answer the question. The students stop in to my room early in the day to find out what the question is so they can be ready to answer it, and it often the buzz down the hall during class change. They rush to get to class, because if they’re tardy, they don’t get to answer the question. They all listen to each others’ answers, because if they are talking, they don’t get to answer the question when I call their name. ( They have to say “here”. How lame is that????) I always answer the question last, and so they learn about me, about each other, and get to talk about themselves. By the end of the first few months, I know what their hobbies are, how many siblings they have, where they have lived before, what kind of books they like to read, what they think their learning style is, and all sorts of things that I might not otherwise know about them. The answers to their questions often reveal their sense of humor, their creativity, and their value system. And every child is spoken to directly every day, listened to every day, and the center of attention, however briefly, every day. Also….. I never forget tot take attendance ( which we have to do electronically within the first 5 minutes of each class) because the students won’t let me! They want to answer the question!

TechMom

August 10th, 2010
9:06 am

I agree with RJ that this is usually done well on the elementary level. You have 1 teacher who is getting to know ~18-24 kids and their families. They have to see your child 6-7 hours per day for 180 days- that’s a huge time investment. But at the middle school level things completely fall apart. Teachers evidently don’t feel like they have time to get to know your kid and develop a relationship with them. So the first time there is a “problem”, the child is labeled and the teachers almost instantly gives up on him/her. I always felt like I could talk to my son’s elementary teachers and we could work through problems or concerns I had. They knew what we were doing at home and we were on the same page but once he got to middle school, there was no room for learning about him and no time for parental discussion to figure out how we could work together. It’s like you go from being on the same team as the teacher in elementary to being opposing teammates in middle school.

motherjanegoose

August 10th, 2010
9:10 am

@JoDee…that is PERFECT! I ask the children I work with a question, at the end of the session. Each child comes out and I touch them ( they are 3-7) and they answer the question.

You sound like a wonderful teacher and I wish you a super year! The way you do it is concise but you glean a wealth of knowledge about your students and they get to know their peers too.
Some parents could take a cue from you about interacting with and knowing their own children.

DB….”The questions are interesting — but let’s face it, what works for a parent in regards to inducement/discipline etc., is often not practical for a teacher.”

In some cases…nothing works for the parent and it shows….:)

I am so over hearing parents say, ” I am going to count to three….” When they try it 5 times and are actually counting to 15 and still not getting a response.

Yes, teaching today is not like it was when I entered the classroom over 25 years ago.

JoDee

August 10th, 2010
9:14 am

Please be careful not to lump all middle school teachers into the same overgeneralized category. For that matter, it is best, in life, not to overgeneralize based on only a few data points.

I’m a middle school teacher, and I have spent many hours working with parents to help their children be successful. I work with a team of excellent teachers who put in even more time with their students and their parents than I do.

TechMom

August 10th, 2010
9:34 am

@JoDee you’re right, this is completely based on MY experience both growing up in public school and with MY own child. There are some great middle school teachers but it has been MY observation that this is where public education falls apart. I don’t think that there is any one teacher in middle school who can be invested in each child the same way there is in elementary school because of the way it is set up. A middle school teacher who has 150 students cannot have the same knowledge, understanding and willingness to invest the amount of time necessary for each student to succeed as a teacher who has 25 students.

Do you think the benefits of having 6 teachers who ’specialize’ in their area outweighs the benefits of having 1 teacher with general knowledge of each subject but who can invest more time in their students during the middle school years?

JoDee

August 10th, 2010
10:04 am

@TechMom—good question. I have taught in both elementary and middle school. I usually have about 100 to 110 students. I personally did not like the self-contained model prevalent in elementary because my personality is such that I thrive on change, and frankly, I got pretty tired of those same 25 kids all year long. I love the variety that middle school brings—-each period is new, each class has its own chemistry and personality, and every hour is different all day long. For me, I’m a better teacher with many than I am with few.

As to the team approach, I teach on a 4-member team. Because we meet as a team weekly to plan, discuss, trouble-shoot, and conference with parents, I feel like we get a kind of synergy that doesn’t happen at the elementary level. At the elementary level, the teachers tend to be more like islands—-shut their doors and do their own thing with their own 25—-and don’t capture the value of having colleagues with different perspectives, ideas, and suggestions from which to draw inspiration, creativity, and even strength. Some educators don’t really want to be team members, however, and THAT”s where things fall apart. I don’t think it is the middle school model, per se; I think it is the institutional education model where teachers go into their rooms and shut their doors and only come out for lunch. In my opinion, the teachers who can’t or won’t or don’t know how to collaborate are the problem…..not the delivery model.

Many of us are “specialized” in the sense that we teach one subject. However, many of us are certified to teach in multiple subject areas and are “generalists”, as are elementary teachers. For example, I am certified to teach Spanish K-12,, Reading K-12, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies K-8, even though I am only assigned to teach one of those. Until recently, I was assigned to teach in two of those subject areas, and with my Advisory group, I taught some students 3 periods a day.

I have worked on 5- and 6-person teams, and I think that is too many. I find that 4 is just right for the kind of cohesiveness necessary to do our jobs.

JoDee

August 10th, 2010
10:07 am

By the way, I do not mean to generalize elementary teachers as non-team players! Certainly there is a lot of collaboration that goes on, but the TENDENCY is to protect and nurture their own 25 in their own way in their own environment….which is certainly developmentally appropriate.

pws

August 10th, 2010
10:16 am

Tech Mom:

We had just the opposite experience, with our youngest, we struggled with elementary school but with middle school it got much better. Part of the reason for us was because our daughter was in a small school, she was coming through behind her older sister, who was a “pleaser” when it came to teachers, and elementary teachers in her school would talk to previous teachers before evaluating each child on their own merit. With middle school because the teachers didn’t have that kind of time, because of having more students, she was allowed to not have that judgement from previous teachers. But that was just a small part of it, she was always a little adult in a kid’s body, and elementary teachers didn’t quite know how to deal with a kid who could out think them! It would have been a lot easier on her, her teachers, and us if she had been a normal kid. By the time she got to middle school, she had teachers and parents who had learned how to deal with a kid that thinks “out of the box” at a very early age!

TechMom

August 10th, 2010
10:34 am

Thanks for your perspective JoDee. Looking back at my son’s 6th grade experience, I think you’re right in that a lot of the issue was 2 of the teachers on his team were really not ‘team players’ nor did either exhibit any desire or passion for teaching middle schoolers. I really felt like these were teachers because it was a job and not because they cared or wanted to be there and they certainly did not feel like they needed to invest any time in the students other than the required time in class. Perhaps the system (and I use that term broadly) drove them to be that way and they were at one point passionate about being teachers but they certainly exhibited none of that while my son was there. I don’t know what the answer is to getting good teachers but it’s really cruddy when your kid is the one who ends up with the teacher who doesn’t want to be there. There’s no way to get that year back.

RJ

August 10th, 2010
11:10 am

Also, keep in mind that not all teachers are able to get to know all of their students. I am an elementary specials teacher. I teach approximately 500 kids a week for about 20 minutes. I’ll definitely know the problem kids, but I’ll never be able to truly bond with them as their homeroom teachers do.

I’ve also taught middle school and again, it’s difficult. Connections classes are only taught for 9 weeks on a rotating block schedule. That’s less than 30 days of class. I’m lucky if I can remember a kids name. Now performing groups are quite different. That is a year long course, and for many students, they stay in the program for the duration of their middle school years. I was able to develop a very special bond with those students. When you are non-core you don’t really have a team. Everyone teaches something different. So for us it’s a lot more difficult. Parents don’t generally care about our classes anyway until they discover that their kid can’t play basketball because they failed art! Then the phones start ringing and everyone cares about that connections grade after all. I actually had a parent tell me that she could care less what grade her daughter got in PE. As long as she made A’s and B’s in her “academic” classes. Of course her tune changed when the kid didn’t make the honor roll because of that C in PE.

JoDee

August 10th, 2010
11:14 am

TechMom—You’re so right! It is so frustrating to lose that year. For us, it was kindergarten. My son was an early reader and had a voracious appetite for science. He had to sit at the “time out” table every day during “circle time” because he lacked self-control. Truth was, when the teacher was talking about whether they should put an umbrella on the calendar for the day’s weather, he would get up and do something else, because he was able to talk about high and low pressure, cirrus clouds vs. cumulonimbus clouds and what 20% chance of rain in the forecast meant. Sad to say, the teacher didn’t want to deal with him, so she sent him across the hall to the first grade class when the kindergartners had center time so he could do phonics worksheets with the first graders. I had conference after conference with the school…..at the last one, the principal sweetly told me to “relax”. He learned to hate school that year, and it has been an uphill battle ever since. He still talks about how much he hated kindergarten.

Sorry! I”m getting off topic!

penguinmom

August 10th, 2010
12:26 pm

@mjg – we always counted Down from 3 then there’s no possibility of continuing counting. I rarely have to use it now but, if I do use it all I have to say is ‘3′ and they hit the ground running to do whatever it was they were supposed to be doing.

@T- I think it’s great that your kids’ teachers are trying to find out a little about them. If you learn about your students, it can make class discipline and the general tone of the classroom so much more pleasant.

I’m sure that principal thought saying that sounded like they were taking their job really seriously, but I would have problems sending my child to a school where the head of the school thought learning about each individual wasn’t important.

JATL

August 10th, 2010
12:29 pm

I think, at my child’s young age, that his teachers do want to get to know him. In PreK (and kindergarten -even young elementary school) I think teachers know they can stem off a lot of behavioral issues if they have some insight into each child. Knowing some favorite things and “hated” things can help head off tantrums or get crying to cease. I know even on a high school level, I used to start out each year with each class asking them some basic personality questions just to break the ice and get a little insight into their attitudes. The principal you reference was trying to be no-nonsense and curriculum-focused I’m sure, but I find that attitude really sad and wouldn’t want my kid there!

JATL

August 10th, 2010
12:30 pm

Oh -we did get a very similar questionnaire for our pre k boy, and I liked it!

JOD

August 10th, 2010
12:39 pm

Totally off topic, but Congrats to TWG for her mention in Parents magazine this month!

LM

August 10th, 2010
12:43 pm

JoDee, out loss year was 1st grade. The teacher was a good teacher, but just was not the right teacher for my daughter. Like another has said she thinks outside of the box. Ask her to draw a hamburger and she will draw a cow. Draw a tree and she draws a beautiful tree but it is chopped down. The teachers do not have time to figure her out. In first grade she put her in remedial reading (during recess). Then complained that she didn’t play with the other children. My daughter is very reclusive so making friends is not done in a few weeks, it can take a lot of time before she is comfortable enough to be “friends”, it is just her personality.

When she was in school, elementary was hardest for us. Middle school she bloomed and high school she did well, not as great as middle school, but I think that had more to do with hormones and life stresses.

I still keep in touch with her Kindergarten/Second Grade teacher, he was the one teacher who “got” my daugther.

Truthfully I think teachers don’t get much time to teach, let alone to know the students and their families. The teachers who ended up getting to know us did so mostly because there were issues. The quite child who does okay, does not make waves and whoes parents are not able or willing to get to the school often, slip between the cracks. The child who is making trouble, the prankster or talkative will be the child that gets the attention. Teachers have so much to accomplish in the school year, and some (a lot) of that is not teaching.

Beck

August 10th, 2010
1:05 pm

JoDee – friggin brilliant way to take roll!!!!

I have my own “warm-up” for high school, but that is genius for young kids and you have ALL your bases covered w/ keeping them quiet, etc.

lakerat

August 10th, 2010
1:39 pm

My youngest son lost all of his kinder year and part of his 1st grade experience due to an inept administration. In kindergarten he had a first year teacher who was also deaf, literally. She could speak somewhat OK though she was quite difficult to understand. She read lips, too, yet we did not think that she communicated well with the children.

In the first grade, after the difficult kinder year, we were delighted for him to be put in a class with an experienced and very good teacher. Alas, that lasted about 10 days until the administration decided the teacher’s talents would be better utilized in the second grade. So, they brought in a “temporary” teacher for the 1st grade class. That lasted about 3 weeks and then they assigned another first year teacher to my son’s class. You guessed it, she had a huge chip on her shoulder about which children she liked and which she did not treat as equal – to say she was prejudice against some students is an understatement, and I’ll let it go at that.

Needless to say we moved from the area immediately after Christmas…and the kid survived and did well in the new county all the way through elementary, middle and high school, and even in college…

JoDee

August 10th, 2010
3:18 pm

Thanks, Beck! Sometimes it’s hard to come up with questions that will be fairly neutral but still interesting. For example, I had a kid whose dad died suddenly the year before, but none of the other kids knew that, so I was careful not to ask any dad-related questions. Also, students always have the option to say “here” if they are uncomfortable answering the question, but really, that rarely happens, especially if they know the question ahead of time and have had a chance to ponder their answers.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 10th, 2010
3:38 pm

JOD — I’ll have to go buy it — totally forgot — did they mention the blog????????

Becky

August 10th, 2010
4:07 pm

My two had really great teachers last year that showed a lot of interest in their classes..One teacher (not theirs) made such an impression on the boy that for teacher appreciation week, we had to take her a special gift..

So far this year, I think they both have really good teachers again..In fact, the boy has the “special” teacher from last year..

Off topic, but wanted to share..Just found out that the boy was placed in advanced classes based on his CRCT scores from last year..:)

motherjanegoose

August 10th, 2010
4:44 pm

WHOO HOO Becky…congrats for you and it is great to be proud…you know when I am :)

Becky

August 10th, 2010
4:50 pm

@MJG..Thanks and if I had one that graduated from “that” school and one on the way to “that” school, I’d be brag as much as you do.. :)

Dan

August 10th, 2010
5:29 pm

I would think that knowing the student would be a requirement for a good teacher. Albeit differently at different ages

motherjanegoose

August 10th, 2010
6:14 pm

Becky…I spoke with Michelle today and told her I am meeting catlady for lunch next week. I also told her that I may try to connect with you when I get over to Cobb. Let me know if you are interested!

Jess

August 10th, 2010
7:09 pm

My son’s kinder teacher asked the parents to write a paragraph about the child and his/her likes dislikes, hobbies etc.. After spending some time on it I realized that the teacher is also getting an idea of what the parents and the home-life are like, if they are educated, how they are going to deal with things and what to expect for parent/teacher interactions. The teacher is not asking me for my opinion on how they need to do this that or another thing (hello helicopter moms, you’ll have to relinquish some control here) But rather an introduction to the child by way of the parent.

motherjanegoose

August 10th, 2010
7:26 pm

@Jess…kudos…I think you are right on track.

NEGeorgiaMama

August 10th, 2010
7:39 pm

Theresa – although I very rarely comment, I have been reading your blog every day for a few years now – so your name jumped out at me when I was reading Parents magazine today! They did not mention the blog, though – just called you “an Atlanta mom” and mentioned your idea about having the children do a project during the birthday party that would end up being their take-home party favor. Congratulations! :)

catlady

August 10th, 2010
7:40 pm

I love to see how parents characterize their children. MJG, you are right! You learn a lot about the parents from their kids, and NOT necessarily anything parents would want you to know. I have had to stop kids in mid-sentence when they are about to tell me things I don’t need to know!

I also learn about kids whose parents are already “down” on them. That is helpful so I can be sure to set them up to succeed, especially. I also learn about kids whose parents view them as perfect. I can help them learn to live in the real world. All good, useful information.

Parents, I won’t believe everything your child tells me about you if you won’t believe everything they tell you about school.

Brittney

August 10th, 2010
8:31 pm

I know you are probably referring to younger children, but I am a high school teacher/coach, and my students are THE REASON that I teach. Sure, I love sharing my passion for the Spanish Language and Culture, but what does it matter if all I ever find out about a kid is how well he/she conjugates verbs. Would I know that I made a lasting impact? NO! I am a strong believer that you have to teach/coach the whole student/athlete. As a teacher you cannot view him/her as an A student or a three-point shooter. You have to value each student for everything they have to offer, but you have to care about getting to know them for that to be possible!

HUMOR (by a regular)

August 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

What do you consider to be your child’s strengths? That they sleep through the night. A good night sleep does wonders for the whole house.

What positive reinforcement does your child respond to upon successfully completing a task? They are positive that if they don’t complete the task they are going to miss out on something they want to do.

What activities does your child participate in outside of school? School is a long exhaustive thing and it certainly creates activy INSIDE our home. Does that count?

What activities and/or subjects does your child like the most? Spring Break, Teachers Workdays, Summer Vacation and Winter Break…JUST LIKE MOST TEACHERS.

What activities and/or subjects does your child like the least? Any that they deem unfun or unworthy of a response. Examples–cleaning their room, taking a bath, discussing what happened at school, etc.

In what kind of learning environment does your child work best?

When issues of discipline come up in school, how best would you like them to be dealt with? Well we find that discipline is a good thing and keeps order. We suggest you try getting everyone on the same page with that in school. You will find the issues are easy ones then.

What are you feelings about homework? (amount, type, etc) Well since I graduated with Fred Flintstone I find I do not do much homework anymore. The children however seem to have a great deal of it.

What are your primary goals you and your child have set for this school year? To make it to the next grade. We will continue to say this until it is Senior Year. At that time the goal will be to graduate (which of course includes college). We do hope your goals are the same for the children.

Is there anything else you would like to tell me about your child? Well the child always surprise me and since you will spend the next 9 months with him/her I am sure you will learn lots.

I truly believe these are some odd litimus test of sorts.

motherjanegoose

August 12th, 2010
4:58 pm

@ HUMOR…thanks for a good chuckle. Your points are wonderful.

If you even think:

try getting everyone on the same page with that in school

will ever happen, I am disappointed in you. It is virtually impossible to get everyone on the same page, from what to allow the children to wear, what time they should start/end school and what is served for lunch. Have you ever been in the school and worked with the parents? LOL

Hunk Williams Jr.

August 21st, 2010
8:26 pm