As parent conference season begins, it's important to remember that conferences can play a very important role in a student's development and academic success. Parents and teachers see different aspects of a student's personality. Only by maintaining an open dialogue and comparing notes on the students achievements or behavior can these perspectives be useful for both. Below is a parent teacher conference tip sheet from the NYC Dept. of Education that discusses tips for preparation and setting the goals for the conference, conference flow, facilitating the conversation, and conference follow-up.
Just a reminder…
All certified teaching staff members must attend both evening conferences in their entirety from 6-8 p.m. on 11/20 and 11/25. Any one who misses any session will be charged with a half day absence.
NOTE: The term "Teachers" refers to all certified employees represented by the Mount Laurel Education Association as listed below:
- Classroom Teachers
- Reading Teachers
- Special Subject Teachers
- Learning Disability Specialists
- Social Workers
- Speech Therapists
- Guidance Counselors
TV Issues ?
Active Expression Volunteer Trainers
For all new staff, Active Expression is a student response system that allows teachers to see real-time data on their students. Each student is given a responder that they can use to text the teacher an answer to a question. The teacher then receives real-time data that they can use to assess understanding. Teachers can also use Active Expression to give paperless tests and quizzes.
Related Arts Rotation
5th & 6th Grade Specials will be rotating on Monday, November 17.
Permission Slips for Special Education Students
Special Education Students w/ D's & F's
Student headphones/earbuds for PARCC testing
Some of you may already be getting headphones/earbuds from students for PARCC testing. Parents have been asked to provide them. So they stay in good shape and can be found when testing approaches, please collect them and hold them for the time being. I would think each homeroom teacher could hold the set for his/her class. As testing gets closer, we will discuss the particulars of how to circulate them as needed. Also, if you have a need for students to use them during instruction now, please do so, but do distribute/recollect as needed.