|This is of course, BLASPHEMY |
Some people may think I'm a reactionary, cynical and twisted old bastard, but this innovation, which replaces the traditional Parent Teacher Evenings is mostly successful and I think it really is worthwhile.
|Me? Bitter, Twisted and Cynical?|
One major difference in the LCs is that the pupils do most of the work. Well before the LC date, the pupils, with our help, complete a booklet about their goals, and the method they want to use to achieve them. This is used as a starting point to the discussion, with the subject teacher's comments, attendance statistics and a collection of the student's work being used to demonstrate his/her progress. It's a lot different form the old days, when the adults get together, without the kids being present, and the teacher telling the caregiver what a lovely hard working child they had. (There were plenty of more negative reports, but just for a change I'm trying to be positive)
But some of the students and some of the caregivers never turn up. They just don't seem to care.
|Blind rubber ducks just don't care either|
- I have a terrible cold at the moment, coughing and sneezing everywhere
- Some reports were not printed (I know not why) and I had to produce them rapidly before the LC started.
- Some reports had missing comments, and had to be reprinted, after the teacher had added his missing comment,
HAD ACTUALLY READ THE BLOODY INSTRUCTIONS I HAD EMAILED TWICE,
EXPLAINING HOW TO ENSURE SAFE AND ACCURATE REPORTS.
Sometimes trying to get teachers to do something is like trying to herd cats. I think it's because we're so used to being in control in a classroom, that we don't like taking instructions from anyone else.
|Herding Cats with Cowboys|
Keep trying to guess the answer to Why? That bag of Jafas is up for grabs.