Next week you will be getting your student's report card. What is a good way to talk about the report card with my child? Talking with your child about the report card can be a positive, productive experience. How you react to your child’s report card can impact their motivation, self-esteem and sense of control over their learning. So it’s important to look beyond the grades before you respond. Please keep in mind that this is the first trimester and that grades are based on where a child is relative to end of the year standards. A '2' should not be alarming.
The following points may help:
1. Plan to talk in a quiet place and time.
2. Start with the good news. Talk about your child’s successes first.
3. For disappointing grades, ask questions so you and your child understand how a grade was earned. - How difficult was the work? - Was work completed and turned in? - Was extra help needed? - Would more participation or effort have made a difference?
4. Ask for a parent-teacher-student conference if you need more information.
5. Set realistic goals and make a plan for improvement.