Successful Conversations

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Successful Conversations

  1. 1. ASIJ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BACK TO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 Successful Conversations at Home and School
  2. 2. Thank you for spending your day with us! <ul><li>Think about what you heard from your child’s teachers today. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell someone sitting near you about one learning opportunity you are excited your child is going to experience this year. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Today’s Goals: <ul><li>Strategies for maintaining positive communication </li></ul><ul><li>Identify common conversation pitfalls </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lab Practice” - Common school-related conversations </li></ul>
  4. 4. Common Conversations
  5. 5. Home – School Conversation Helpers <ul><li>Share what you want your child’s teachers to know about your child as a learner – strengths, weaknesses, goals for the year </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal for these conversations is to create more understanding between home and school. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Home – School Conversation Helpers <ul><ul><li>Disclose important info—affecting child’s ability to participate, interact, etc. e.g. family illness, crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When problem solving, try to develop ways that both home and school can support </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Home – School Conversation Helpers <ul><ul><li>If concerned/upset by something child relates: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assume positive intent </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go to proper source </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gather info from the source & give teacher chance to respond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When listening —monitor emotions, control impulses reactions, take time to reflect </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Home – School Conversation Helpers <ul><ul><ul><li>Assess your concerns and ‘hot buttons’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try to paraphrase to insure you capture teacher’s meaning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agree on some next steps </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Parent – Child Conversation <ul><ul><li>Open a conversation with a focus on what they are doing, what they bring home (art project, book, schedule) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pose a few specific, but open ended questions—”I understand you’re studying ____. What’s one thing you’re learning about right now?” </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Parent – Child Conversation <ul><ul><li>When your child comes home and says…”I had a horrible day!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge your child’s feelings: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m sorry that happened. You must have felt ____.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work toward empowerment & problem solving: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ How might you be able to solve it?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Is there anyone who can help you solve it? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Parent – Child Conversation <ul><ul><li>Keep the focus on your own child. Avoid labeling other children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact teacher or counselor if situation doesn’t improve. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Parent – Parent Conversation <ul><ul><li>Get to know the parents of your child’s classmates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent lunches are a great way to get to know each other, build a parent network. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Parent – Parent Conversation <ul><ul><li>If question or concern arises regarding something at school, talk to your child’s teacher rather than other parents in class. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid addressing school problems directly with other parents. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. ‘ Lab Practice’ -- School-Related Conversations <ul><li>Gather with your ‘neighbors’ </li></ul><ul><li>Using ideas from today, how might you address your chosen situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Brief share out of some groups’ discussions. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Common School-Related Conversations <ul><ul><li>Home – School Conversation : The teacher shares concerns about your child’s academic or social development. You don’t share the same concern. How might you move forward? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent – Child Conversation : Something happened today at recess—she was not invited to a classmate’s birthday party. Your child is being excluded. What are some ways you might address this? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent – Parent Conversation : Another parent calls to tell you about something that happened at school that upset your child. You didn’t know anything about the situation. How might you respond? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Thanks again for spending your day with us! <ul><li>Walk Away Question: </li></ul><ul><li>Considering today’s topic, what might you want to stay mindful of as you prepare for Parent Share Conferences? </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking forward to working with you this year! </li></ul>

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