I Talked to Your Teacher…

I Talked to Your Teacher…

November 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


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Julie. I have a word to say to you. I talked to your teacher today. We need to talk. What do you think
your teacher said to me? Today was parent-teacher conferences and I got to speak to… Abby, Julie, Russell, Chad’s teacher. So four. I didn’t talk to Shari’s teacher
and Eve is not in school yet. I’m going to sit the kids down
and tell them what’s up. All right, who wants to go first? Oh you all want to go first?>>I want to get this over with
I’m downstairs first.>>Okay Julie, will go first. Oh, I need to grab the paper. So the teachers left me
with all of this school work, that the kids have done. And I want to go
over it with them. Because they have
some feedback. Okay, here we go. You want to do it in here? And are you okay
doing this on camera? Okay. Here we go. First of all, your teacher
said you are a delight. You love to participate,
you always raise your hand. I asked her if she had a problem
with you talking up in class and she said that she didn’t. You make friends very easily,
you seem to pay attention and you try to stay on task your best. You did get a little behind
the day you miss school but then you got caught
right back up again. So she’s not worried
at all about that. There’s one thing
that concerned her. Reading level. You’re at a p. Which is exactly the end of third grade. And you’re in fourth grade now right? So it would be nice
if you just read a lot. Because at by the end of the year,
the goal is for you to be at a t. So the reading level
is not worrisome. It just means you need
to do a little more reading. Can you do that for me? Okay. And that wasn’t her concern. She said I’m not at
all concerned about that. She’s not worried at all. But what does she did say. You guys made this
goal setting paper. And you said,
“my goal is to get 100% on all of my problem set papers”. And she said that nobody gets
a 100% the first time. I just want to make it very clear. That it’s okay not to get a 100% and it’s okay to make mistakes. But then when you make mistakes
to look at it and go okay, what can I learn from this? How can I do better next time? Because mistakes
actually teach us. Making mistakes is a
teaching tool if we let it be. You are doing awesome. But just know it’s okay
to make mistakes. Do you believe me? I’m very proud of you. Love you.>>Love you too.>>Next! All right, how do you
think you did in school?>>Good.>>Yeah. Your teacher said
that you are a very, extremely well behaved child. Who is very well-mannered and polite. You always raise your hand,
you always wait your turn, you just don’t complain. The most important thing that I think
that she said about you was that you make friends very easily.>>My favorite friend, their names were Diether and Charles.>>And you know what she said?>>What?>>She said that his mom had said
that he kind of has a hard time making friends, but that there’s this boy
in the class that just makes really good friends with him
and his name is Russell. That’s what she said. And she said that this other boy,
one of the boys in the classroom has, has some birth defects on his fingers. And so he doesn’t have a fingernail. And one of the girls had
pointed out this to the kid. “Oh, you don’t have a fingernail.” And you had sad called
across the room and said, “Well that’s okay. We still like him and he’s still our friend.” And that’s just really mature
of you to stand up and just say. “That’s all right. You can be different
and I’ll still be your friend.” So thank you for going above
and beyond and finding someone who could use a friend. I think Russell really
is special in that way. So here are the reading levels. At the end of first grade. No sorry. At the end of kindergarten you’re at a d
and in the beginning of first grade, you should be at an e. You tested at a d. So if you could just bump up
your reading a little bit, that would really really help. Can you do some
more reading with me and I’m going to sit
and do more reading with you. That’s it. Do you have any questions for me?>>All right, who’s next? While Russell goes and gets Abby, I’ll give you a little update on Chad. Chad’s personality, every single one of his teachers
has said this about him. They say Chad has a very
powerful personality. Because he’s a very powerful person. When he’s around people,
people do what he wants them to do. People are very easily
influenced by what Chad does and he’s just learning to be mature
and use that power for good instead of to be kind of the rebel in class because it’s not the popular thing
when you’re a teenage boy to be using your power
for to be the teacher’s pet or like however they say but he’s learning. Academic-wise, he’s doing great. There’s no problems there. He’s really really applying himself
and his attitude is getting better. It’s so much better than last year. He’s just really
really doing great. I have no worries about him. He’s continuing to improve. Okay, Abby your turn. How do you think your
parent-teacher conferences went?>>Not good.>>Really?>>My grades are terrible.>>He did say that you missed… Maybe you thought you turned it in but he said there is
a missing history assignment and maybe a literature
or spelling assignment. Okay? Did you know that? How come it’s not
been handed in yet?>>I don’t know. I know I handed in all my work.>>He said it didn’t get turned in. So you’ll need to
get those handed in. And he sent them home with me
so we can do it together. Okay? No worries there. He said that you really
love being in school and you’re always listening. He said that when he reads aloud,
he knows that you’re paying attention because when he asks
a question and he calls on you, you usually have an answer for him. You are very easy to get along with
and you make friends very easily and you’re always kind. He says you’re a sweetheart,
and you’re playful and fun. Which are all really great things. The only concern I have is spelling. Spelling is not a big concern but big okay, let me just cut to the chase. You’re behind on your reading.>>Reading?>>A lot. You’re reading levels. Your reading level is
at a fourth grade level.>>Well, I’m good at reading in my mind, but I’m not that good when I read out loud. And I suggested, and I told
the teacher I said I suggested that Abby should read aloud. What do you think of that advice? And he said that that’s
really good advice because what it does is it forces
your body to physically pay attention to what you’re reading to because your mouth
is moving and speaking. And you need to ask questions
as you’re reading. So as you’re reading, you need to say, who is this talking about? Where am I in the story? Why did the character do this? You’re the one I need
to work with the most. Which is okay. Do you guys remember
in the summertime, Julie, like pretty much failed her math class. She had like 16 out of a hundred. It was really bad. But she wasn’t discouraged. We got her the help she needed
and she worked on math all through the summer and you know what? She retook the math test
and she’s been getting a hundred percent on all
of her math tests now. So if you’re having
a hard time in school, and I’m talking to you. You who are watching
my video right now. If you are failing in school,
it’s not the end of the world. You may have gotten in trouble
by your parents or teacher, but do not get discouraged. I’ve had lots of kids fail. Chad failed several classes last year
and he’s getting all A’s this year. Julie failed last year. She’s coming back. She’s got A’s now in her math class. And you haven’t failed,
but you’re getting like…>>Lower.>>You’re getting lower and lower
and you are going to eventually fail if you don’t get it back
up to where it needs to be. And I’m going to help you. And I’m going to give you all
of the resources you need. But the real change
needs to be in your head. You need to be really focused. You need to be a little more intense
about the time you’re putting into it. Can you do it? Come on. Tell me how you guys
are doing in school. How do you feel you’re doing
in your classes? I know a lot of people don’t end up
using a college degree, but I always think of going to school
as not for the degree, not for the future of going to college, but just because I want to be learning my whole life. When… And I’m still learning,
I’m still reading books and I want you to know
that it’s important to me to learn.>>Read Children’s Homer. Best book ever.>>Not to be confused with Homer Simpson. It’s a different Homer.>>It’s a different Homer.>>Although Homer Simpson is pretty cool. I think the Simpsons
is very smartly written.>>Tomacco!>>Tomacco! This was a pretty heavy video you guys, but I think it was important to make
because I want my kids to know that education is one
of my very top priorities. They are my top priority. And education is part of the way. They are going to thrive in their lives. Whether they go to college
or not or whether they get a job that requires
a college degree or not. That really doesn’t matter to me. I really don’t care about that. But what I do care is
that my kids know that they are capable of learning. And if they’re not good
at something, they can be. You can be good at anything. You just, if you want to
and if you put your mind to it. And I want you to know that. That’s why it was also important
for me to make this video cause I want you to know
that if you’re not good at something, you can be. And we just need access
to the right resources sometimes. And we just most importantly
we just have to decide and be intense about learning it. Thanks for watching. I seriously don’t know
what you’ve been doing. Goodbye. Its a beautiful life. Goodbye.