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Meeting with your child’s teacher Elizabeth Nagy and Katie Anderson, Co-chairs GATE-DAC

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  1. Meeting with your child’s teacher Elizabeth Nagy and Katie Anderson, Co-chairs GATE-DAC October 10, 2011

  2. Plan in advance what you are going to say • Write down thoughts and observations about your child’s abilities and struggles • Be aware that just because your child is identified as “gifted”, it doesn’t mean that they are receiving different services, or differentiation • Avoid using the term “gifted education” and focus on stating the dilemma without it - in that your child deserves to make a year’s of growth as do all others Meeting with the Teacher #1

  3. Bring examples of child’s work (at home or from school) as appropriate • If your student is old enough, have them participate; to encourage their ownership in their learning process and advocacy

  4. Expect the teacher to be reasonable • Approach from a positive note • Thank the teacher for giving you this time • Get to the point about why you feel it is necessary to meet • Listen carefully to what the teacher says • Make eye contact Meeting with the teacher #2

  5. Wait before you respond Work for a consensus. Stress “we” not “you” Show courtesy Paraphrase Control your emotions Meeting with the teacher #3

  6. Keep an open mind Check to make sure your questions are answered before you leave Plan a timeline for follow-up steps with the teacher Thank the teacher for their time again

  7. Write a note of thanks • Don’t assume everything is fine after the conference • Write down the main points of the conference and plan • Communicate! • Talk with child and teacher periodically to assess progress • Be consistent in support Do Follow Up

  8. Follow up with next steps as you agreed to with the teacher • Understand that you will probably need more conferences • Involve others as necessary. Follow chain of command. • Teacher, Principal, Parent Liason, Area Superintendent Follow Up #2

  9. Trigger Words • Examples: “You always,” “my child is bored in your class,” etc • Attitude • “Shotgun approach” • Vinegar vs. honey • Lack of preparation • Keep in mind - If you were the teacher, how would you like to be approached by a parent? Avoid

  10. Remember the goal Be persistent Stay focused Be positive Keep your sense of humor Conclusion