First grade student Victoria Stanley, along with her parents
Lynda and Joseph, epitomizes Carols philosophy of teaching
at work. Victoria led the conference between Carol and her
parents. Victoria talked about the work in her portfoliowhat
was important to her and why. Carol asked Victoria questions
to guide her through the process.
Victorias parents talked about why they were supportive of
Carols methods. Lynda Stanley especially liked the weekly
exchange of information between parent and teacher in
I want to be a part of Victorias learning, but working full-time
makes that difficult. The journal keeps me connected. Each
week I read Carols comments about Victorias progress and
respond with my thoughts.
Joseph Stanley felt that it was important for Victoria to
understand that her parents and her teacher knew each other
When I was growing up, my parents knew my teachers. That
made a difference. Whatever I did at school was known at
home. I want that for Victoria.