It’s 7:30, and I just got home from night two of parent conferences. My team partner and I had about 60% of our kids represented….that’s terrific for middle school! As exhausted as I am, I’m also excited about how well conferences went. My efforts on teaching my kids how to choose books for themsleves, as well as my focus on matching books to kids has been working! I had a number of parents comment on how they’ve noticed changes in their child’s attitude about reading. They’ve noticed more reading at home and requests for purchasing specific titles. I was so happy to get this news, and motivated to continue on the path I’ve been on. I still have a few nuts to crack, but tonight I received a lot of feedback from parents on possible ways to do the “cracking”! I also plan to reread the advice Janet Allen gives about the “I’d rather” and “I don’t care” readers in Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading 4-12. It is my goal to guide my “I’d rather” and “I don’t care” readers into a love for reading. It can be done!
exhausted but excited—parent conferences a SUCCESS! November 5, 2009