Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's a Hard Job

One of the items on my to-do list this week is to prepare for parent-teacher conferences next Monday. This is one of the most challenging requirements of my job. And, I remember in my first few years as a teacher, I was terrified of the idea of telling adults about their children. After all, I was only 22-years-old myself. Now, conferences are an old hat to me, but sometimes they are so hard.

Take for instance the child who is receiving every intervention and support known to man, and he is still not progressing. What do you do? How do you tell a parent that you suspect that their child needs a medical evaluation? Or that you aren't sure what the problem could be?

I'm a person who likes to have a plan for success. It seems to make failure less likely. The kids who baffle me are the ones that I just can't seem to help, regardless of how I teach them.

I never fret a single second over behavior issues. I don't really have behavior issues in my classroom. I'm strict, and I always have an agreement with the children. We work from this one agreement: Don't make a problem for yourself or anyone else. It's amazing how something so simple can successfully shape an entire classroom. It works for us.

So, please pray for me if you think about it. Pray that God would give me the wisdom to partner with parents in a way that they feel supported as we work toward the best outcome for their children. Simple enough, right?


Sandy Gillett said...

I will pray for you and I will also pray that the parents care as much as you do. And I know the frustration and anxiety of teaching/training a child who just doesn't get it no matter what you do. You just want to throw up your hands and scream "something's wrong with this kid!" And usually something is, more emotional than physical and way beyond one's control.

Erin said...

It is that time of year for teachers once again, and it is always quite awkward telling older adults about their children. You probably have way more conferences than I do with kiddos at the Senior level, but even still...I doubt any teacher really looks forward to them! Praying for productive meetings!