Well I survived my first Polish parent teacher conference time!
Yesterday, I had my 1st grade daughters conference and today I had my 3rd grade daughters conference. At the International School they did not have them like this, we just met with the individual teachers the very first day of school for about 30 minutes , so I had no clue what to expect.
The conference each day all the parents in the 2 grades meeting that day all met together in the school gym for about 20+ minutes listening to the headmistress(principle) talk about issues that involve the whole school, such as the new much bigger building they are moving to next school year, the new international standard of curriculum that they starting the process of getting certification for, the reading week that they are coordinating the last week in October(some how I got roped into bringing a bit of America to the school for a whole week!) and other keys issues.
The off to the individual classrooms to meet with the teachers and go over classroom policies, homework, activities, voting for class parent representative and such. Yesterday it was not so bad because, a. the teacher spoke slow like we were her students and b. my dear friend also has a daughter in the classroom and she translated for me when I got completely lost! Today was a completely different story, I did not have a clue what they were talking about 90% of the time because the teacher was talking fast and the parents were all talking over each at the same time on certain things. One of boys in my daughters class from the old school moved to this school as well and so his father translated what he could for me(THANK YOU!). I knew enough Polish to know that one conversation was about kids using cell phones in the classroom, another time it was about the kids behavior and the really fun one was about homework level in the classroom. Polish parents are just like US parents when it comes to homework for their children. Some parents say it is to much, other parents said that there should be more and a few like me said it was perfect. Now I wish these parents that complained it was to much, imagine my nights sometimes spending 2+ hours Google translating workbooks for their kids and tell me it is too much? I need to hurry up and grasp reading Polish!!
Have I mentioned how much I am enjoying this new school?
If you could learn any one new language which would it be? Me, Polish of course!