Monday, August 10, 2009

One Thing To Remember

I've been working on my curriculum night presentation, trying to "keep the main thing, the main thing." There is so much to share in a little time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one to talk for hours, but what do parents truly want to know about their child's year? Is it the nuts and bolts or do I go in depth?

I read a blog by Kristin Armstrong called "Mile Markers." Her latest post shares her apprehension at being chosen to speak at her daughter's Kids In Motion club. The girls are 7 and 8 year olds, and she writes about her preparation. I like her last line:
"But even if they take one thing -- one single thing, away that lodges into a crack and sticks there -- it will be more than enough for me."

Perhaps that should be my mindset: What one thing do I want parents to take away on that night?


  1. I agree. Parent's Night can be overwhelming - for both the teacher and parent! Good reminder for us to plan carefully.

    So ... what is that most important 1 thing you came up with?

  2. Mary B,
    I find that parents want to know that you will understand their child. You will love their child and you will tap into their potential, stretching their thinking. They want to know their child will be nurtured positively. It's not one thing, but it is important to every parent, more than the nuts and bolts of the year.