Yesterday was parent-teacher conferences. I've known my students for a little more than a month now, and can give a pretty accurate description of weaknesses and strengths to parents. I had three Junior parents come, and was really glad to have two of them - two kids who, quite simply, aren't doing the reading so far in the class and will fail unless they change up quickly.
Ninth graded conferences, however, are invariably more dramatic. The parents come in, with their only experience of their children as students as star middle-schoolers. Going to high school is a big transition, and most of the time students have been promoted and given excellent grades without working hard and mostly by behaving. Now, in the first five weeks of high school, they have a 46% because they hardly do any work and don't understand that homework and studying are requirements.
So, yesterday afternoon was an afternoon of discussions about organization, about hard vs. working smart, about coach class, about study hall, etc. It had some tears. It had some hugs. And, hopefully, it will have some results.
Still sad that I only got about 10 parents overall, though, out of over 150 students.
2 years ago