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There has been a lot of talk in the media over the past year about children coming home with so much homework that they have little time left over to have some downtime after school. (or after piano, hockey, swimming, dance and art lessons.)

It’s a touchy subject, not just for parents but for teachers as well. Our job is to make each child as successful as possible, and we see the difference daily practice makes. There is no doubt that strong routines and solid support from home translates into better understanding and work habits.

There seems to be a prevailing opinion that all that “learning stuff” should take place at school. But the fact is, teachers barely have enough time to teach the curriculum outcomes. For mastery, practice needs to happen. And yes, it has to happen outside school time.


It’s coming up on that time of year again. I know, because my report cards are due in two weeks.

Here are a few tips for a successful Parent-Teacher interview.

  • Bring your child. They are the reason we are all there. Meet all together so the expectations of parent, teacher and child are laid out at once. You can always have them step out at the end if there are confidential issues you’d like to discuss.
  • Come prepared. Write down your concerns ahead of time.
  • Stay calm. Remember that teachers love your child too, and want what’s best for him or her. Threats will get you nothing but a reputation in the staff room. And an administrator sitting in on your next interview.