Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
It's amazing how differnt each child is, even within a family. Each child is, even within a family. Each child has his own personality and temperament. A parent comes to recognize a child's individual strengths and weaknesses, his own distinct ways of problem-solving and interacting with the world around them. No one knows a child better than a parent or caregiver. For this reason, no one plays a more valuable role in helping a teacher understand a child's distinctive approach to learning than a parent. Kimball elementary and high school have been holding parent-teacher conferences. The high school held conferences Oct. 1 and 6, and the elementary conferences are during scheduled times Oct. 7, 9 and 14. Conference dates and times are available on the Kimball schools Web site, www.kimball.k12.mn.us. Numerous studies have shown that parental involvement plays a key role in student success. Many thanks are given to those parents who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to sit down with their child's teacher and discuss ways to ensure a child achieves their academic goals. Parents can facilitate this process by spending time ahead of conferences thinking about and prioritizing what issues they would like to discuss with their child's teacher. It is a good time to consider what expectations a parent has for their child's academic year, as well as listening to what their child is saying about their own expectations and experiences in school. Where are they struggling? Where might they be more challenged? Are their relationships with school staff and peers mostly positive or are there areas of concern? Parent-teacher conferences are an opportunity to form a partnership with your child's teacher, so it is a good idea to stay open-minded and positive. Make sure that your primary questions and concerns are addressed, but allow time to hear what suggestions a teacher has. Discuss ways to become involved in your child's education and things you can do at home to help your child achieve. When the conference is over, sit down with your child and let them know what was discussed. Let them know in what areas they are doing well, as well as what areas may need extra attention. If a parent was unable to attend conferences, there are still ways to make a connection with a child's teacher. Parents should never feel afraid to call or e-mail a teacher with any questions or concerns. Teachers are happy to know that parents are willing participants in their child's education. Becoming involved in activities or programs at school and volunteering are great ways for parents to get to know more about what their child does at school and how the school operates. As important as conferences can be, it should be noted that they are held twice a year. Parent-teacher communication is important and necessary year-round. Kimball is blessed with a dedicated, professional school staff and interested, involved parents - academic success is within every student's grasp. Much gratitude to all who work together to make Kimball a great place to learn. "Share the Pride, Show the Pride, Grow the Pride."