OK~ Many kids across the country are heading back to school today for the first time! Here in Iowa, we already have school conferences on Sept. 9th, yes, you read that correct, Sept. 9th. Well, within the past three weeks we have had Freshman Orientation (for parents that have Freshman), Back To School Night and now conferences. I hope parents attend, but with so many visits to the classroom, which have been poorly attended~ I wonder how attendance will be. School started August 17th.
I'm still trying to understand why high school Conferences have to be so out in the open, when Elementary/Middle School Conferences are in a classroom focused on MY child. Here, at our local high school, teachers sit at tables and converse about our students with other people around. I've never understood the concept, but I go and listen. Unfortunately, I could tell you information about other students that is none of my business....I tune it out and focus on my son. Unfortunately, I think this set-up sends a mixed message to parents~ We want you to come to Conferences, but it's not really as you know a Conference.............yes, other parents and teachers will be around to hear your discussion(s). Oh well, I'll go and for the parents that don't go to high school Conferences, I can hope that they have called the teacher to arrange a "real" Conference- And in all reality, at the high school level that means 6-7 phone calls to make appointments~ There's got to be a better way to do this~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?