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Meeting with your child’s teacher Elizabeth Nagy and Katie Anderson, Co-chairs GATE-DAC October 10, 2011. Plan in advance what you are going to say Write down thoughts and observations about your child’s abilities and struggles

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Meeting with your child’s teacher

Elizabeth Nagy and Katie Anderson, Co-chairs GATE-DAC

October 10, 2011

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Plan in advance what you are going to say

    • Write down thoughts and observations about your child’s abilities and struggles
    • Be aware that just because your child is identified as “gifted”, it doesn’t mean that they are receiving different services, or differentiation
    • Avoid using the term “gifted education” and focus on stating the dilemma without it - in that your child deserves to make a year’s of growth as do all others
Meeting with the Teacher #1
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Bring examples of child’s work (at home or from school) as appropriate

  • If your student is old enough, have them participate; to encourage their ownership in their learning process and advocacy
meeting with the teacher 2

Expect the teacher to be reasonable

    • Approach from a positive note
  • Thank the teacher for giving you this time
  • Get to the point about why you feel it is necessary to meet
  • Listen carefully to what the teacher says
  • Make eye contact
Meeting with the teacher #2
meeting with the teacher 3

Wait before you respond

Work for a consensus. Stress “we” not “you”

Show courtesy

Paraphrase

Control your emotions

Meeting with the teacher #3
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Keep an open mind

Check to make sure your questions are answered before you leave

Plan a timeline for follow-up steps with the teacher

Thank the teacher for their time again

do follow up

Write a note of thanks

  • Don’t assume everything is fine after the conference
    • Write down the main points of the conference and plan
    • Communicate!
      • Talk with child and teacher periodically to assess progress
    • Be consistent in support
Do Follow Up
follow up 2

Follow up with next steps as you agreed to with the teacher

  • Understand that you will probably need more conferences
  • Involve others as necessary. Follow chain of command.
    • Teacher, Principal, Parent Liason, Area Superintendent
Follow Up #2
avoid

Trigger Words

    • Examples: “You always,” “my child is bored in your class,” etc
  • Attitude
    • “Shotgun approach”
    • Vinegar vs. honey
  • Lack of preparation
  • Keep in mind - If you were the teacher, how would you like to be approached by a parent?
Avoid
conclusion

Remember the goal

Be persistent

Stay focused

Be positive

Keep your sense of humor

Conclusion