Original Post: Nov. 11, 2013
By this time 1st report cards have been distributed and parent/teacher conference should have occurred. If at this point you are worried because there’s is little to no progress and your gut is telling you something is wrong, then something is wrong.
First, schedule a conference with your child’s teacher. The most important thing you can do during this process is to communicate with your child’s teacher. Most schools have a minimum number of times they are required to conference with you about your child, you should attend. Teachers love to help parents who want to help their children perform better.
At your meeting make sure to:
- be honest and share your concerns (remember most teachers have children they are parents first)
- compare your observations with your teacher
- identify weaknesses and strengths
- take notes
- ask about each core subjects.
Most states have adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At this time CCS is what all curriculum is built upon to help students across the nation could have a set of common standards increase overall performance. CCS moves quickly and is filled with information to be taught. This leaves little room for children who require extra time for processing, math, writing, reading, comprehending etc.
- ask about interventions that are in place
- ask what are the next steps/ or plan next steps
- set a follow up meeting (this way no one forgets about your child)
Shout Tip: Often our little ones who struggle don’t know that they can be successful at something, so they end up giving up on everything. It doesn’t matter if the only thing you all can think of is that he/she runs fast, use that strengths to help build your child’s self esteem.
Shout Homework: check your school state/district’s Special Education policy handbook and IDEA. A great way to use technology, Google it. It is important to be knowledgeable about your schools process. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Next: We go into the process including RtI, interventions, data and permission to test.