Had a parent/teacher conference for our oldest today. Overall, it was fine. I’ve learned to filter these meetings through a “this is how they do it in Japan” filter. The teacher did have some positive words to say, which was great. However, here in Japan, usually things are only discussed that need fixing. So you can be doing great in many areas, but the focus is on the negative. Yes, there are some things that need fixing in his study habits and we will work on those. However, I am going to focus on the comment “He has the ability”. That was great to know that the teacher believes in him. Now we need to work on the second half of the comment “but needs to apply himself.” Thinking through that one, but focusing on the positive. He can do it.
This is a class shot from the summer.