As an educational institution, we understand the need for you as parents to be able to track and understand your child’s growth trajectory. We firmly believe that education begins at home, thus, for there to be a systematic and seamless pattern for your child to follow- the parents and teachers need to work as a team. How your child reacts to situations at home versus how the same are tackled in school can be contrastingly different, which is where gaps in learning can occur. Our Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences (SPT’s) revolve around narrowing this very gap by helping parents and teachers understand each other’s concerns.
We have noticed that parents generally tend to focus on academic concerns at SPT’s since they are talking to an educational authority. However, we encourage you as parents to go beyond the studies and the syllabus and try to discover the person your child is becoming outside of your home.
Here are a few teacher-directed questions that will be able to give you a deeper insight into your child’s progress:
1- How does my child treat his or her classmates?
You would be surprised at how seldom such questions are asked, if ever.
The early years form the foundation of your child’s life, and we think empathy should be the first quality that is encouraged in them. Being kind to classmates and other children, sharing with them and understanding someone else’s problems are all qualities that develop in children with age and experience. Positively reinforcing such moments that occur early on, can prove to have a great impact in shaping their personalities.
2- What according to you are my child’s strengths?
This question can open up new horizons for you, the teachers and your children. You may find out that your child who is shy at home is quite a dramatic elocutionist at school. Or you may get to know that someone who loves reading novels at home is most disinterested in English literature. Discussing with your child’s teacher the strengths and weakness that they display at home and at school will help you as well as the teachers to bring out the best in your child no matter what the situation.
3- What does my child react the best too in terms of attentiveness, alertness and retaining?
Knowing whether audio-visuals, reading, drawing or out-of-the-class activities are the most well received by your child will help you nurture your child’s strengths at home.
4- Any moments that my child has seemed the happiest or gloomiest?
We know you take utmost care about how your child feels at home but it is also important for you to track your child’s emotional well being at school. This will help you understand your child better and engage with him or her in productive conversations at home.
5- Is there anything I can do to aid in my child’s progress?
There is a lot of academic teaching that can be carried out at home using unconventional ways of learning. For example, if your child is beginning to learn about the animal kingdom, then there is no better way to arouse an interest in animals than by taking him or her to visit the zoo.
We would like for you to know that at Ecole Mondiale we share a common goal with parents- the holistic growth of your child, and we here to help you in every way possible to reach that goal. You know your child best, and we trust that you have several questions to ask the teacher already- so ask away at our next SPT!