Communicating with parents
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Thanks for coming. I want to start by saying it is absolute honor to get to know John as a person. He comes to school everyday well aware, and is never a disruption in class. I saw him play really strong defence in the basketball game last week - what a talented athlete you have!
We are very happy to be here, and thank you
I wanted to talk about his results in science. As you know, he failed both the previous unit exams. It is disheartening to see such a well-mannered boy perform this low. I also believe, based on what I have observed in class, that John is capable of achieving much higher than this.
I have tried a few strategies so far to help him achieve higher grades: one-on-one conferences during class time about the assignments or information, giving him timelines for finishing up class work, as I noticed he often doesn’t complete the classwork, or finding extra homework assignments he can do to help him make up the information he has missed.
I have also tried varying the learning tasks, as I’ve noticed he seems to be a tactile (or hands-on) learner, and thought that might help him absorb the material better. I know you’ve already seen these homework assignments because you have been signing off on them at home. Does he mention anything about school, or my class? It seems like he needs a little help getting motivated.
He rarely asks questions when he doesn’t understand something.
He might feel ashamed for not learning as fast as his classmates. He tends to be very conscious of how others perceive him.
He does tend to keep in the background in class, but seems generally well-liked. I will pair him with students who might be able to help John by keeping him focused and modeling good study-habits.
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