DISCUSSING LEARNING WITH YOUR CHILD
When discussing with your child their academic achievement at school and the feedback provided on Learning Tasks (as well as Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences), it is critical that parents and students look beyond grades and scores.
We encourage all students and their parents to instead reflect on each child’s academic progress and growth; a student’s intelligence is changeable, and focussing on growth has a very positive impact on student learning. Hard work and a willingness to persist when facing academic challenges are the keys to success for all students, and emphasising learning progress rather than grades/scores is a simple - but powerful - way to support student learning.
McKinnon Secondary College will embark on its first remote Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 September. Teachers will be available for five minute conversations between 8:30am and 4:30pm on both days. We will be using Google Meet - the same platform we have been using for remote learning.
For families who have booked interviews, your child will receive an invite via their school email a few minutes before the scheduled appointment. Therefore, your child needs to be with you (and with a device logged into their school email), in order for you to join the video conference. This ensures they are part of these conversations (which is great!), but can also help you with using Google Meet if need be. Students will be informed about their role in this process.
Given this is our first attempt at online conferences, it is paramount that everyone follows their schedule precisely. Families need to be ready to join the Google Meet five minutes before their appointment. If you do not join during the allocated time, you will miss your spot.
Please ensure that you access Learning Tasks and Progress Reports on Compass prior to the interviews. This feedback will help guide these conversations and ensure students reflect on their performance in Semester 2 thus far, and set effective goals and plans for the remainder of the academic year.
Please note that bookings will close on Monday 7 September at 8:30am.