“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”Lao Tzu
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This is my favorite week of each school year and a somewhat notable week in the life of your child. This is the week of student led conferences (SLC).
I have just finished up my plans and we are a go for a marvelous week of learning. We will together celebrate social, academic and emotional growth in your child. I am proud of each student and I look forward to our continued learning.
We highly value differentiated instruction. That said, each child in our class is intelligent, thoughtful, witty, kind, caring, soulful, hardworking and optimistic. Each is learning to lead and make a positive impact in society. All are reading and writing daily. This keeps me ever hopeful for their future.
My role during the conferences will be to facilitate the discussions between you and your child. I will also spend a little time with each of you conversing about the remaining school year and summer goals.
Each year at this time, I remind students to share their love of learning and not any particular test score. I remind them to share their personal growth and not their “rank” in the classroom. I remind them to celebrate all that they are. Please help your child in this endeavour.
Teaching, for me, is a sensitive and complex profession. It always has been. I work best when I remind myself that the students in my keep will remember little of my day-to-day instruction. Instead, they will remember the habits, both good and bad that I have taught them. I am positive that I have instilled more good habits than bad and I am positive that your child has benefitted from our partnership. Your child is receiving a world-class, international school education
Enjoy your conversation with your child. Have a great week and see you at SLC.
Questions or comments are greatly appreciated.
- Parent-Teacher Conversations (confidentparentsconfidentkids.org)
- Student Led Conference Podcast (expatteacherman.com)