If you have a school-aged child, you know the drill: You will moan that the times the school are offering you are inconvenient to your work/life/other children.
You will worry that they’re going to tell you that your child has no friends/is being picked on/is picking on someone/still can’t read/called the teacher “fat”. All the nightmare scenarios. You will arrive late, stressing.
But enough about you. What has it taken for that teacher to be sitting there, opposite you with a folder of your child’s work, notes prepared for discussion and something thoughtful to say about each child?
Here’s a reminder, from Sydney mum and former teacher Ali Outhred, whose post on Facebook today perfectly captures what’s behind every single parent-teacher interview:
“It’s parent teacher interview season at the girls’ school. They’ve made detailed notes, assessments, portfolios after hours, most likely at home, late into the night.
“They arrive early and leave late so they can talk to parents, missing out on time with their families and precious rest time on weekends, choosing to work instead.
“It’s not an ‘easy’ job. Imagine going into a classroom of 20+ kids, and keeping them engaged, interested in everything from spelling to geography, and under control for a whole day without flipping your lid, dealing with everything from forgotten lunches to learning issues, fights between friends, discipline, to vomiting sick children, keeping accurate records of every.single.thing, assess, report, following up on issues with parents, attend staff meetings, professional development days AND maintaining a semblance of a life.”
Amen, Ali. Next year, we should all be taking the teacher a coffee.
We just hired Bop till you Drop to do a virtual birthday party for my 8 year old and I was soooo impressed. They did it through zoom, but they must have used professional equipment as the sound and image was amazing. Cathy the host was so friendly, energetic and full of life. My daughter and her friends loved it and didn’t want it to end. It was so nice seeing all the girls and boys on screen dancing and laughing. Cathy made my daughter feel so special. At first she was disappointed that she couldn’t have all her friends over, but by the end she was thanking me and even asked if we could do the same party next year. Thank you Bop till you Drop, you guys are a life saver!!!
Just a quick note to pass on our thanks for Emily’s Bop Till You Drop 5th Bday Disco party on the weekend. Lexi was amazing!! She kept the kids engaged and entertained throughout the whole party, and the disco was an absolute hit with the kids (and parents!). Lexi transformed our lounge room with her disco lights and everyone had a ball singing on the microphones, playing party games and showing off their best dance moves. The birthday girl was so happy her favourite songs were played and she felt the centre of attention. Also wonderful that even with her recently broken arm, Emily was able to join in all the games, singing, dancing and activities – in fact I think she completely forgot she had a broken arm! Have already heard from a number of parents that their kids would now like a disco party too. And of course Emily loved the party so much she wants to do the same thing next year! Thanks again.
Jade Sydney, NSW
Our daughter and her friends had the most wonderful time at her 5th Birthday party with the help of Bop till you Drop. Our gorgeous host kept all the kids engaged and partying on. We had so many compliments from friends on how good the entertainment was and how much fun they were all having.
Sher Melbourne, VIC
We have just had the best school disco in years! All the kids enjoyed themselves and the energy and excitement from both Stacey and our students was amazing. All students from Kindy to Year 6 had a wonderful night, being able to get up on stage to dance and sing to their favourite song was great to see, Stacey did an amazing job! Thank you! We can’t wait to have BTYD back!
Lee-Anne Bishop Central Coast, NSW
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