The month of August means preparing yourself and your kids for heading back to school. Do you have a workable plan for the nine months ahead?
In this segment, I continue my conversation with Beverly Lloyd, a Cleveland educator. Lloyd shares her insight on what parents should know before attending the parent-teacher conference.
What are three “b-p’s” parents should bring to the conference?
- Be positive
- Be prepared
- Be punctual
Just like the students have homework, Lloyd suggests parents ALSO do their homework before the conference. “Make sure you know your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Start with the child’s strengths. Ask the teacher what are some resources for the child’s weaknesses.”
Given those weaknesses, Lloyd advises parents to ask the child what has the teacher done to help them overcome their challenges. This, she says, would be a positive way to approach the conference. (Example: My child says it’s very helpful when you write the assignment on the board for the entire week.)
Lloyd also emphasizes, “Know the educational buzz words.” This shows you’ve done your “b-p” of being prepared! Some of those words include:
- OGT preparation (Ohio Graduation Tests)
- Tutoring assistance
- Online grading system
- Homework policy
Some advanced planning could equip you with the necessary tools to start the school year off right!
Editor’s note: Beverly Lloyd has been teaching for 39 years.