Preparation- Hints for Successful Conferences
Be calm and positive.
Ask your child if there is anything that he/she would like you to discuss with the teacher.
Work as a team to establish goals.
Instead of “my child is bored” try “let’s figure this out together”.
Take notes about what has been discussed.
Follow up with a note/email expressing appreciation and summarizing or confirming details.
Background Information- Educational Terms for Parents
Cluster Grouping- An instructional strategy that groups your child with others of similar ability.
Differentiated Instruction- Teaching strategies and assignments modified to meet the individual needs of a student or small group. Modifications may include adjustments in depth or complexity, pacing, focus, or independent assignments.
Flexible Grouping- An instructional strategy that allows students to work in a variety of groups that can be chosen by interest, readiness, or learning needs.
Formative Assessment- Refers to informal methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student learning and progress during a lesson, unit, or activity.
Pre-Assessment- A test or evaluation used prior to a unit of study to determine what a student already knows or still needs to learn.
Rubric- An assessment made by the teacher that uses a chart to show what is expected in the assignment, and specific criteria for scoring or grading.
Tiered Assignment- An instructional strategy that allows groups of students to complete similar, yet different, assignments.
During the Conference- Questions for the Teacher
How are gifted students grouped in your classroom?
How do you accommodate differences in learning? In what ways are you providing differentiated instruction to meet my child’s needs?
How does my child respond to critical and creative thinking or problem solving opportunities?
What types of information do you use to evaluate my child’s academic progress?
What is an appropriate level of parent involvement and support for homework?
How can I help?
Dr. Sylvia Rimm’s “Alliance Guidelines” from the book Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It, 2008, p. 189
NAGC “Parenting for High Potential” magazine and website http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources-parents
Duke University’s TIP blog, “Gifted Today” https://blogs.tip.duke.edu/giftedtoday/2016/11/04/how-can-i-advocate-for-my-gifted-child/
Davidson Institute’s “Tips for Parents” articles http://www.davidsongifted.org/Search-Database (search “tips for parents”)
Gifted resource teachers at the EXTEND Center can provide articles and other book suggestions- just ask!