Two weeks ago I wrote about why I slice and working to cultivate my writing habit was one reason. I am excited to share that I was being a productive writer when I "skipped" slicing last week, because I was finalizing a piece that will actually be published in October. Good excuse right? But that's not what's really on my mind with this late night slice.
I got home from Open House about 30 minutes ago. As usual, I walked away feeling a little disappointed as I always have at this school for Open House. I would love to meet more parents. This setting is the second school setting where I have been disappointed by the turnout. Certain classes are full of parents.
We have 3000 students in our school. 3000 parents did not show up tonight. In my position as reading coach, we do a reading parent meeting as an opportunity to meet potentially 1200 parents that have kids who are in a reading class. Only two parents showed up. We sent a letter home and we called. Last year we tried other ways of reaching out after surveying parents about how when and how we should host meetings. We've even tried food! What we are doing, we aren't doing it right. It's disappointing.
One of the two parents remarked, "The other parents must not care." It must look like that although I never believe that statement when parents or teachers make it. After twenty years of teaching, I still haven't met a parent who doesn't care about his or her child. I realize that some parents are ecstatic once their children reach high school and let them negotiate the process. Some parents are exhausted and done. Some parents are working. All I know is that for teachers who have been at work since 6:30 this morning, what mattered most were the parents who came. Tomorrow is another day to continue to reach out to parents and work with their kids.