Hello, Mr and Mrs. Potter, This is Layla's teacher and I am looking forward to working with Layla again this year!
We are excited about this this school year too!
Start with a Positive
Layla is so energetic and a joy to have in the classroom. She is always helping other students and making sure that no one feels left out. We are lucky to have her.
However, I am a bit worried about her academically - she hasn't been turning in all her homework and hasn't been preforming as well on her formative assessments as usual.
Offer Suggestions and Promote Positive Reinforcement
Has she been struggling with the homework? Or expressed difficulty with the class? Or is there some type of distraction in the classroom she has informed you about?
Layla is very determined and strong willed we just need to focus that in her school work! How about we create a daily planner - everyday Layla will be responsible for writing down her assignments - I will check it off to make sure everything is there and as her parents you can sign off on it when she has shown you the completed work. We will also be including class shot-outs to everyone who turns in all their homework each week!
No we haven't heard anything but we can sit down and speak with her. ------------- We can do that! And if we think of anything that can help we will let you know!
Parent Teacher Communication is key - starting communication at the beginning of the year is vital is developing a healthy relationship with your students' parents. Parents need to see that you are just as invested in their child's success as they are. It is also important to remember that communication is a two-way street. Both parties must be invested.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are stressful for all parties involved; Parents, teachers and even more so for the students. Make sure to start off the meeting on a positive note, list areas where the student is doing well, both in social and academic development before touching on areas of concern.
When discussing areas of concern be sure to ask questions about the student. Are they struggling with homework? Have they mentioned that the class is too hard or are they distracted where they sit? Offer suggestions on how you as a teacher will help, as well as how the parents can help and how the student can also take charge of their own success. Keep expectations high and remember to end on a POSITIVE!