Prior to parent-teacher conferences, students will e-mail their parents and send a copy to their teacher describing their progress to that point. Follow format for friendly letter. The e-mail will include the following:
- A salutation: Dear Mom (and/or Dad):
- The body of the message: see steps 4-6.
- A closing: sign your name with Love, Your son/daughter, etc.
- A complete description of what you have learned so far and the tasks you have accomplished to date.
- A report of your current letter grade and your percentage grade and the reasons for that grade.
- A statement about how you feel your progress has been: excellent, satisfactory, problematic, etc. and the reasons you feel this to be the case. The reasons need to be specific: “I handed in all my work on time and did my best,” or “I don’t usually do my homework and I often don’t hand in my work.”
- To get full credit for this assignment, you have to follow all directions carefully and write a complete report.
The report will be sent to parents email (if parents live separately and each has email, then send to both). A copy of this email should be sent to the teacher (cc:). The subject line for this email is Conferences.
If your parent has no email address, the assignment should be typed in Word and printed so it can be mailed. The letter must follow the same requirements as for an email. You will be addressing an envelope so the report can be sent.
This assignment is due at the end of the week (Friday). Students who are absent must make up the assignment when they return.
Consider the following questions honestly as you reflect upon your experiences as a student during this semester. This will be shared with your parents during parent-teacher conferences; therefore, be sure to proof read carefully so that your writing is not full of silly grammar and punctuation errors.
- Consider your ability to meet class deadlines. Do you turn work in on time? If not, how can you improve? Why is meeting deadlines important?
- Consider your ability to follow directions. Do you closely follow the directions of each assignment or do you constantly lose points because you skipped steps? Do you go back and re-read the directions to make sure you have fulfilled each step? If not, how can you improve? Why is following all the directions important?
- Consider your ability to multi-task. Since the beginning of the year you have been expected to juggle a variety of assignments at one time, what are some of the difficulties of this and how do you overcome them?
- Consider your ability to be an independent student. When you have a question on an assignment, can you find the answer on your own or are you constantly relying on your teacher? How can you find answers to your questions on your own? Why is it important to be independent and seek out the answers by yourself?
- Consider you attentiveness in class. Are you paying attention to the teacher, the assignments, other classmates? Are you constantly socializing and distracting other students?
- Consider the role you play in your own education. Do you merely do what is asked of you or do you strive to go above and beyond?