How to Prepare for a Parent-Teacher Conference
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Hi, my name is Lee Dorman and I am a science teacher as well as President of the Arlington Education Association and I want to talk with you about some of the reasons why you as a parent would have a conference with your child's teacher. Parents often need to speak with their child's teacher when there is a misunderstanding on the part of the student. Students often times will have a difficult time with an assignment they are trying to do, a project that they are working on or they may actually be having difficulty in one specific class. You as a parent need to contact that teacher and begin the process of finding out what you and the parent and the teacher can do to help this child solve the problem. Sometimes, you have a difficulty with understanding what is going on in the classroom. Your child may come home and not have a clue as to what is going on. The grades may not be what you expected. Again, you will need to call the teacher, let the teacher know what your concerns are and call the teacher and say, "You know, I think I need to come in for a conference about my child's grade or about this project that my child is doing. "Sometimes you actually have a disagreement with the teacher and it does happen and you should not be afraid to call the school, talk with the teacher and say, "You know, I really do not agree with the way this is going on. Could we talk about this and do some problem solving? "Sometimes, teachers really love it when you come to talk with them about the wonderful things that are going on in the classroom and how well your child is doing.
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