‘We’re Working On It’ Means There’s A Problem – And Other Tips For Parent-Teacher Conferences

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“If we say that we’re ‘working on it,’ that’s your clue that we’re having a problem,” says another teacher, Mrs. Kindler. Teachers are often worried about over-concerning the parents. Understandably, we tend to take every little thing that the teachers say to heart. While the concern is great, that leaves teachers in a position of trying to inform you about an issue without making a huge problem where they doesn’t need to be one. “Working on it,” shows that we need to pay attention to this skill, but doesn’t make it sound threatening. Even further, “If we say that we’re ‘pulling your child to work on it,’ that means that we’ve gone over it in class and your child needs extra work.” Teachers often use small group work to help kids who don’t understand during large teaching sessions, but parents should know that this is an area where their kids really need extra attention.

You shouldn’t be afraid to ask what your teacher’s plan is for whatever skill they’re working on. “If I’ve used that working, I should have a plan set out and should be able to explain the steps we need to take to help the student,” says Ms. Miller. In fact, knowing how your teacher is going to address an issue should help parents figure out what they can do at home.

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