Turning weaknesses into strengths

The words we choose to describe a person or a behavior are important, especially when it comes to kids. We can all agree that helping children build a healthy self-image involves all of the adults in that child’s life working toward that singular goal. As adults, being thoughtful about our language is one way we can encourage positive growth. During certain situations it may be hard to find empowering words to describe our children or their abilities. These situations are when empowering words are the most needed. Speak kindness, choose carefully and thoughtfully.  Take your time responding.


 You are so:

Disorganized vs. Creative

Inflexible vs. Organized

Stubborn vs. Dedicated

Inconsistent vs. Flexible

Obnoxious vs. Enthusiastic

Hyper vs. Energetic

Shy vs. Reflective

Irresponsible vs. Adventurous

Boring vs. Responsible

Unrealistic vs. Positive

Negative vs. Realistic

Careless vs. Thoughtful

Inattentive vs. Careful

Arrogant vs. Self-Confident

Indecisive vs. Patient

Impatient vs. Passionate

New Detroit Teachers Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences

I find that a number of my teacher buddies have a lot of questions that surround parent teacher conferences. Less about how to present each students strengths and struggles, grades, test scores etc. and more about how to engage parents, empower them and help them feel like a welcomed part of their kiddo’s education.

How are you engaging parents initially about parent teacher conferences? Is there communication that goes home from the school? From you personally? What does your message convey to your parents?

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