I’m in awe of the things that happen at my school every day. This week I’ve sat in on many meetings with parents and teachers as we have reviewed IEP goals and objectives; touched base about interim reports; answered parents’ questions, celebrated successes; calmed fears; and shared how much we love the kids we learn with every day.
I was in awe of the way my teachers made parents feel so welcome and supported.
I was in awe of the fact that some meetings consisted not only of the child’s teacher from this year, but also the teacher from last year!
What a concept!
Last year’s teacher and this year’s teacher sit down with a parent and discuss progress. It’s GENIUS!
I was also in awe of the words of wisdom I heard from my teachers as they spoke with parents about their children. My favorite statement came from Mrs. Callif to a parent, she said:
We want to push your child out of his comfort zone and we know that can be scary but we need to do it here at school because this is a safe place.
As a parent and an educator those words were music to my ears. I had chills after the power of those words sunk in for me. The best part was how smoothly those words rolled right off of Mrs. Callif’s tongue. The reason that she could so effortlessly provide these words of wisdom to the parent was because she meant them, she lives them, every day. Those words are part of who she is for kids.
Teachers-remember that our job is to do just what Mrs. Callif said in that meeting. Push kids out of their comfort zones while they are here in this safe place.
Parents, as always, we promise to push your children to that place where they can grow and learn. We want them to mess up, we want them to feel uncomfortable. We won’t solve their problems for them, but we will guide them and cheer for them along the way.
It's not always easy, but it's worth it.
Here is your Staff Update for October 15th.