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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Five Important Questions

Prepare yourself for parent-teacher conferences by thinking about what information parents really should have.

Here are some examples.

  1. What skills and knowledge will your students be expected to master this year?
    • What will your students learn this year in key subjects like math, science, history, and English?
    • Are there challenging academic standards in place at your school, and how do they compare with those at other school districts? Show these standards to parents.
    • How will you inform students about the academic standards they're expected to meet? What kinds of projects and assignments have you planned that will help your students meet higher academic standards?

  2. How will your students be evaluated?
    • What kind of information do you use to evaluate students? How do you know if they're academically ready to move on to the next grade?
    • How are grades determined in your classroom?

  3. What can parents do to stay more involved in their child's academic progress?
    • What can they do at home to complement what is happening in the classroom?
    • How can they know on a daily basis what homework has been assigned?
    • How can they support your efforts in implementing higher academic standards?

  4. How do you accommodate differences in learning?
    • What if their child is a slow learner and falls behind, or is a fast learner and is bored?
    • Are summer school, tutoring, or other programs available for students who need more help?

  5. How are older students prepared for further learning after high school?
    • Are children encouraged to think about a wide variety of career interests?
    • Are all students encouraged to take algebra by the end of eighth grade?

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

June Calendar of Events
June is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: U.N. World Environment Day (6/5), D-Day (6/6), World Oceans Day (6/8), Diary Day (6/12), Flag Day (6/14), Ramadan Begins (6/18), World Refugee Day (6/20), Father's Day (6/21), Summer Begins (6/21), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month and Safety Month all June long!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.


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