Five Tips To Help Parents Deal with Report Cards
As the school year’s first marking period comes to an end, it means the inevitable arrival of report cards. Gulp.
Report card time is recognized as one of the most stressful times for families—mostly because of the element of the unknown. The onset of report cards coming home can be nerve-wracking as you wait to see which way the grading pendulum will swing.
For children and teens, poor report card grades can mean punishment and restrictions on the leisurely activities that they’ve been looking forward to. For parents, poor grades are a source of concern and worry—is their child facing an educational roadblock that could put dreams and plans for the future on hold? Or worse, can poor grades eliminate the future possibilities altogether?
Adding to the stress is the fact that for most, report cards can be confusing. Changing curriculum and reporting standards mean that the report card is filled with jargon and terms that mean nothing to a parent.
To alleviate the report card stress, Chesterfield Learning Center offers these Top Five Tips to help parents—and children—get through this stressful time.
Make sense of what the report card is really telling you
Forget the gobbledygook and meaningless jargon. Read the comments written by the teacher. These comments can give you a better idea of how your child is performing overall.
Attend the Parent-Teacher Conference
If less-than stellar grades have you worried that your child’s opportunities for the future may be slipping away, meeting and speaking with the teacher can help. The teacher has spent hours a day observing your child in the classroom. Often, he or she can paint a better picture of where your child is headed academically.
Put it into context
Some school years are more challenging than others. Certain grades are transition years, such as the first year if high school, or the shift from early to middle school; these are challenging to all students, regardless of their academic abilities.
Go to the Source
If your child’s report card contains some surprises, ask the one person who would know best–your child. But before you do, take some time to read the report card by yourself. Identify the subjects that are the biggest concern and address those concerns when you sit down together and go over the report card. Remember to remain calm—you and your child are allies in education, not enemies.