Parent Teacher Conference: Student is struggling in Reading and Math

Parent Teacher Conference: Student is struggling in Reading and Math

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  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Hi Mr. Smith, I am so glad you could make it today.  I want to start by telling you about a few great things your child is doing in the classroom.  
  • His reading test scores are low.  Here are some results from our online tools and his tests.  He seems to have difficulty with sight words, vocabulary words, and some phonemic awareness.  I would like to go over strategies that I have created to help your son with reading.
  •  That is great to hear. He always has a story to share with me about his friends.  However, I do have some concerns about his reading fluency.
  • Thanks, please let me know what we can do for him at home.  We read books to him every night, and he loves it. I just want him to succeed!
  • Reading to your child is a great way to teach listening comprehension.  A helpful tip is to finger track as you  read, that way your child is connecting the sound to the letters.  (Teacher demonstrates finger tracking)  Also, I will send home sight word and vocabulary flash cards.  Spending about 15 minutes working at home would be helpful.  
  • Okay, we can do that. I have tried to have him spell his sight words using playdough. On a different note, how is he doing in math?
  • His math scores are a little low, as well, but I think that has to do with his reading level.  Our math involves reading word problems.  We performed two assessments.  On the first one, he had to answer everything by himself, he scored 1 out of 8.  On the second one, we read the questions to him and he scored 6 out of 8.  He participates more in math and does well with classwork. I am not as concerned with math opposed to his reading fluency. 
  • Glad to hear that he is understanding the concepts in math!
  • With your permission, we would like for him to join our after school tutoring program.  Other supports that we are putting in place are adjusting the leveled readers to his skill level and having him meet with the reading specialist for 25 minutes 3X week.  Our online tools adapt to his skill level and address his weak areas; he spends about 10-15 minutes a day working on those programs.  
  • Great, thank you for all of your help and support. I would like to follow up with both you and the reading specialist in a month.  My wife and I appreciate it!
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