Getting ready for conferences

Over the next week, we’ll all be busy. We’ll continue to focus on our individual learning goals, and I’ll meet with you all about reading and math. Many of you have other pressing work to do in other classes as well. In the middle of it all, we’re getting ready for Parent-Teacher conferences!

My main goal during conferences will be to have a meaningful conversation with your parents and you about your learning progress and goals. Some of you will prepare for that by writing detailed notes to share with your parents; some of you will prepare by writing a reflective letter to your parents; and some of you will find another way to share your learning and goals with your parents. 

I’ll share some ideas in class and will meet with you about your options. For those of you writing a reflective letter, here’s a format you can follow:

The week ahead

On Monday and Tuesday Days 7 and 8), we’ll work on individual goals and we’ll check in on our progress in math based on the probes we took last week. On Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll take a careful look at Google Classroom and Powerschool and think about what we need to focus on in the coming week. 

A lot happening this week!

There’s a lot going on this week at AES! On Tuesday and Wednesday (Days 3 and 4) we’ll begin our monthly progress monitoring with a couple of short reading problems. We’ll also continue with the goals we recently set–clearing out our Google Classroom, for example. 

On Thursday and Friday (Days 5 and 6), I’ll be out of school at a training. While I’m gone, Ms. Khanna or Mr. Ho will meet with you all to talk about reading goals. Many of us will also be taking some math probes to see how progress is going there. That will help us decide what we need to work on next. Friday may be pretty tight, because we’ll be shortening classes for Fort Frenzy Day. All signs point to a really fun day!

Math Check-in

Some of you are focussing on reading, some of you are focussing on math, some of you are focussing on other things! But it’s good to check in about the basics every cycle. So this week, on days 7 and 8 (Wednesday and Thursday), we’ll be conferring on how your math progress.