How To Get The Most Out of Parent-Teacher Meetings

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 1.13.40 pmParent-Teacher Meetings present a great opportunity for you to learn about your child’s school life, their performance, and social developments. As a parent, you also get to know your child’s teachers and make plans about how you can work with them to support your child better. Furthermore, while attending the meeting you’re able to let your child know that you care about their progress.

The faculty at Pearson Schools specifically, are just as interested in your input as you are in theirs. Your child’s teachers will want you to apprise them with your child’s comfort level in the classroom, whether they’ve found a best friend yet, and whether the classes are having a positive impact on them. This will help you and your child’s teacher understand his social and emotional well-being and ultimately his performance in class.

Let’s look at how To Get The Most Out of Parent-Teacher Meetings:

BEFORE THE PARENT-TEACHER MEETING

Prepare early: Keep a check on all the test scores and home assignments from the beginning of the school year. Make a note about the things your child told you or any specific issue you might want to address.

Speak with your child: Get access to your child’s school life. Ask them about what happens when they reach school and in the class, about their teacher and their new friends. You need to find out your child’s perception, both positives as well as negatives.

DURING THE PARENT-TEACHER MEETING

Be punctual: Every parent is allotted a fixed time. Ensure that you make it on time so that your child’s teacher can give you and your child the attention you deserve.

Meet with a positive attitude: The goal of the meeting should be the success of your child. Rather than engaging in arguments, have an approach where you and your child’s teacher can help your child do their best in school. Don’t restrain yourself from complimenting the teacher for your child’s performance. Don’t hesitate from making notes regarding your child’s scope to improve.  Understand your child’s learning style and needs, and then share the information with your child.

AFTER THE PARENT-TEACHER MEETING

Check your notes from the meeting: Going through your notes will help you address the issues that your child’s teacher had pointed out in the meeting. Work out the steps to put the plan into action.

Brief your child: Apprise your child about their core strengths and weaknesses. Talk about the areas they need to work on and how you can help. Compliment them on their performance in class and help them follow the tips they can use to improve it.

While attending Parent-Teacher Meetings could be yet another point in a parent’s to-do list, the aim should always be to enhance the Parent–Teacher relationship to help your child reach their maximum potential.

The Use Of Technology In Classrooms

The use of technology in classroom“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

– John Dewey

A classroom is the hub of innovative thinking, making it imperative for educators to continually embrace new tools of learning. Technology has brought forth a new meaning to learning in recent times, leaving parents and teachers alike with no doubt about its effectiveness. Young minds today are brimming with the curiosity and are eager to adopt new ways of learning instead of the old tried-and-tested methods more than ever before.

Exploring and utilizing technology in the right way, whilst adapting it to the existing trends in the education sector has become the need of the hour. With the recent Internet boom in India as well as advancements in science and technology, educators are disposed to a plethora of possibilities for the betterment of the education as a whole.

Technology brings a variety of learning tools at the fingertips of educators, students and parents. Here are a few reasons that highlight its positives and usage as a learning tool:

  • Offer students a way to connect what they are learning in class, to real-world situations, in a safe and low-cost environment by­ using games and simulations.
  • Lets educators form a system wherein they share and collaborate their ideas and resources online.
  • Enhance understanding of concepts that involve motion or action by using animations and videos.
  • Holds a student’s attention for longer periods of time, than they would with books and/or paper resources.
  • Allows boring subjects to be more engaging with virtual lessons, tutoring, and the streaming of educational videos.
  • Provides a variety of knowledge from more than one source and doesn’t limit students to one person’s opinion.
  • Promote higher-order thinking skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Students are able to receive direct, individualized instructions from a computer, which enables them to learn at their own pace.
  • Allows self-expression by the students through a multitude of tools, such as PowerPoint, digital photography, filmmaking, class newspapers, web-based school radio stations, or creation of a blog.

This symbiosis of learning and technology enables young, curious minds to prosper and explore unknown territories, and often gain several perspectives on the topics at hand. All that needs to be taken care of is finding the perfect mix of digital curriculum and the face-to-face support and instruction systems.

Over the past decade, innumerable studies have confirmed the benefits from the use of technology in education. In the present scenario, the importance of technology in education is irrefutable, making the question ‘does technology enhance learning?’ redundant. Today, teachers, students and parents must always ask, ‘How do we improve our use of technology to enhance learning?’

Reasons to Thank Your Teacher

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“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”
– Anonymous

The word “teacher” implies the flow of knowledge and skills from one person to another. Throughout our entire careers as students, we encounter a tremendous amount of teachers. Each one impacts our educational career in some way or another.

Not only are teachers some of the smartest, most compassionate people we know, but they do work that few of us could accomplish on our best days. Infectious workaholics or cheerful powerhouses, each has a way to leave an ever-lasting mark on the innocent minds they take under their wings. Here’s a list of the few reasons, out of the countless more, why teachers need to be thanked.

HEAD STRONG- Understanding how difficult it is to deal with young people who have very different minds, understanding capabilities, home lives and backgrounds. Yet the ease and composure with which a batch of hyper, eager and excited kids is handled is worth thanking them and much more.

DEDICATION- As a teacher you cannot have ‘off days’ or even be in a bad mood. Every day you have to be on top of your game, organized, lively, enthusiastic because you will have a classroom full of faces looking at you and expecting you to be the same as you are.

STABILITY- On any given day, you never know what you might say or do that will leave a life-long impression on your kids. Children are often better than adults at noticing that something is wrong. However, unlike adults they are likely to call you out on it, or at the very least respond negatively through bad behaviour or laziness.

VISION- In other professions, the people you come into contact with, colleagues or customers, you will have an effect on their day-to-day professional lives but not have a great impact on their personal and future lives. the experiences we have in school affects our future in terms of our personality, motivation and aspirations.

CONTENTMENT- Teachers care ! This may sound strange to list as a reason to be appreciated, but that is only because it’s something easily taken for granted. Though they are ‘paid’ for it and it is their ‘job’, most of us tend to forget that it is humanly impossible to be under appreciated yet focused to keep doing what we do best.

It’s time to thank you for replacing, an empty mind with an open one. A shaky heart to a sturdy one. Making, a wayward thinker a visionary one. And a long life a learned one.
Help us thank all your mentors, guides, philosophers, friends or whatever role your teachers donned, to know that we care and we owe them more than we can pay.