Remember that feeling you used to get in school, when you’d stare at a question or a problem for a good five minutes and think, ‘Hmmm. Maybe it’s in a different language?’ When you’re a student, there are few feelings worse than thinking you don’t have a clue. Panic and anxiety set up camp and make it almost impossible to concentrate, let alone plan out a course of action.
If your children are anything like mine, you’ve probably had periods of time when one of them becomes frustrated with a particular subject. I remember when my youngest son was struggling with reading.
The first day of school is full of excitement: new teachers, new supplies and the chance for a fresh start. And then the second day comes, and reality swoops in, along with handouts and homework assignments. While many kids are able to coast through September on back-to-school momentum, others battle anxiety and a lack of confidence from the start.
A meeting between you and your child’s teacher can be a powerful tool for helping your child succeed in school. Whether scheduled by the school, requested by you or suggested by the teacher, such a meeting gives you a platform to learn about your child and to assert their needs. Follow these nine guidelines for more productive (and even enjoyable) parent-teacher conferences.
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