SOLC 24 of 31: Both Sides

Today is parent conference day in our district. As our teachers prepare for conferences, I sometimes like to give them a reminder to think about the conversation from both sides (parent and teacher). In the past, I’ve written them a poem for this. Today, I’m inspired to do the same and send it off to their email inbox this morning.

Prepare for both sides

of the conversation,

the glows

and the grows.

Think about both

what you will

say

and how you will

listen.

Intentionally

build partnerships

create bridges

and provide

honest data

with empathetic

support.

Imagine what

you would like

to be told

and how you

would like to

hear it.

Celebrate

growth, perseverance

and grit

in spite of

the pandemic, tech glitches and

interrupted learning pathways.

Engage with a

“both sides”

mindset.

7 Comments

  1. affinitolit said,

    March 24, 2021 at 10:24 am

    This. Is. Beautiful. What a lovely message!

  2. Anita Ferreri said,

    March 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

    This is a lovely and important message. It is important to always deliver the message the way you would want to hear it Thanks for the reminder.

  3. kimjohnson66 said,

    March 24, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Oh, what a lovely way to begin the day – your words are pure wisdom, conferencing or not!

  4. Tim Wheeler said,

    March 24, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Wise words shared in brevity and poetry > lengthy emails with hyperlinks.

    Well done.

  5. March 24, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    “Imagine what you would like to be told and how you would like to hear it.” A good reminder that our delivery matters.


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