Parent-teacher interviews are an opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher (s).
By asking questions and gathering more detail about the information provided on the student report card,
you have an opportunity to become more involved in your child's learning and provide support where needed.
Here are tips for getting the most out of parent-teacher interviews:
Before the interview:
· revisit the student report card and determine what information you need before the interview to support your child
· ask your child if there are any areas they would like followed up (for example, where they feel they need extra help or have concerns) and share this information with your child's teacher during the interview
· write a list of specific questions you wish to ask your child's teacher and take notes during the interview so you can share the comments with your child
· If you need a translator, arrange this with your school before the interview.
During the interview:
· If you want to know about a specific area of your child's progress (for example, how they are progressing in English) let your child's teacher know this at the start so you can focus the interview on this topic
· ask your child's teacher for more detail on what the expectations are in their subject area with regard, for example, to homework and assignments. How much time should they be spending on their homework? Are there any other suggestions or more details about how you can help your child at home?
· find out more about how your child is participating in classroom activities and whether, for example, there are any general issues with behavior or discipline that need discussing
· ask your child's teacher to clarify the extra support or extension activities mentioned in the report.
After the interview:
· keep in regular contact with the teacher to follow up on a mutually-agreed plan
· Talk with your child about what you have discussed and how you can work together to improve their learning.
You can also request interviews at other times. If you are concerned about your child's progress, discuss these concerns with their teacher. You can contact the school for an appointment and make a mutually convenient time to meet with your child's teacher or grase level coordinator.
Read all the directions and questions first! Take notice of the number of questions, the range of difficulty and the time available. Write any answers that come to your mind immediately. Write down any other key information you don't want to forget.
Analyze the test question and divide it into its main parts and sub-parts. From the parts, you should quickly make an outline of what you will write about.
Read the instructional words included in the question carefully, for example, "Compare and contrast the culture of your country with the culture of a different country." If the directions say to compare and contrast, then your answer must be a comparison essay!
Make an outline as a "map" to answer the essay question. If you don't have time to finish, this outline may give you some points! More importantly, the outline helps you to stay focused.
Make your answer as specific as possible. If you know the answer, write only what you are asked. Avoid generalities and always try to give specific examples.
Use part of the test question sentence in your test answer at the beginning of the paragraph. This tells the reader that you are answering this part of the essay here. This will earn you points!
Include a topic statement at the beginning and a conclusion paragraph at the end.
Review your answers. Your essay is written in a hurry and with a deadline, but it is scored under much more relaxed conditions. Give yourself enough time at the end of the test to check for spelling mistakes, grammar errors, omitted words, incorrect dates, etc. This is when you will be glad you wrote in pencil or erasable ink!
A MINI-DICTIONARY of ESSAY EXAM WORDS
When you are asked to analyze, you must separate a thing or idea into its parts to explain their relationship to each other.
When you're asked to comment, you should explore the importance and meaning of something, or write a note of explanation, or write a criticism or example of something written or said. You may also write a remark or make a critical observation or express your opinion.
Here, you must look for similarities. The term compare is usually stated as compare with, and it means that you are to emphasize similarities, although differences may be mentioned.
Show the differences between two or more topics.
Express your opinion with respect to the correctness or merits of the factors under consideration. Give the results of your own analysis and discuss the limitations and good points or contributions of the plan or work in question.
When asked to define something, your definition must contain concise, clear, and authoritative meanings. Details are not required, but boundaries or limitations of the definition should be given. Keep in mind the group/class/category to which a thing belongs and whatever differentiates the particular object from all others in the group/class/category.
You must draw a chart, a plan or a graphic representation in your answer. You may be expected to label the diagram or add a brief explanation or description.
Examine the topic, analyze it carefully and then present detailed considerations pro and con regarding the problems or items involved. This type of essay question is common.
Present a careful analysis of the problem, and stress both the advantages and limitations. Evaluation means an authoritative and personal appraisal of both contributions and limitations.
Clarify and interpret the material you present. State the "how" or "why," explain differences of opinion or experimental results, and state any causes if it's possible. In short, tell how it all happened!
To justify your answer, provide factual evidence or logical reasons. In this type of answer, the evidence should be presented in a convincing form. Establish your answer with certainty by evaluating and giving evidence or by logical reasoning.
Write an itemized list, series or tabulation. Be concise.
Give the main points and essential supplementary materials. Leave out the minor details and present the information in a clear systematic arrangement or classification.
Give the main points or facts in condensed form. Brief examples can help make your summary more specific.
Give a description of the progress, historical sequence or development from the point of origin. This type of essay may require probing or deductions.
District Strategic Plans and School Renewal Plans are required by State Board of Education Regulation 43-261 (District and School Planning) to be developed every five years by each school and district using the most current research-based practices designed to increase student achievement. The plans which are approved by the District School Board, must be submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education. District Strategic Plan and School Renewal Plans are updated annually.
Legislature requirements for planning may be met through the use of the Model Planning Process in the development and implementation of the District Strategic Plan and the School Renewal Plan.