The Upper Tax Bracket School District values parents and teachers working together as partners to maximize the educational experience of all students. The fall Parent/Teacher Conferences ... provide an opportunity to establish early communication, develop a collaborative relationship, and create common goals. This partnership recognizes and values the teacher's expertise and the parents' unique insights as they work together to establish shared expectations for the child's social and academic growth.
As you prepare for the fall Parent/Teacher Conferences, the following ideas and questions were developed as a resource for parents.
... ACADEMIC PROGRESS ...
What does my child need to work on most?
How can I help?
... HOMEWORK ...
How much time should my child be spending on homework?
Does my child assume responsibility for homework assignments?
How can I support my child at home with the responsibility of homework?
... AT THE CONFERENCE ...
Be sure to ask the teacher for specific suggestions on ways to help your child do well.
In other words, the proposed partnership consists of the school saying "Jump!" and the well-behaved parents politely asking "How high?"
Notice that the teacher is presumed to have "expertise", while the parents can offer "unique insights". Thanks for the partnership, guys.
I'm amazed that they think parents routinely "prepare" for teacher conferences. Really? The 10 minutes I've spent blogging this thing are more preparation than I've ever done before.