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Report Cards Are Out and Parent Teacher Interviews Are Over. Now What?

November is famous (or infamous) both for the first report card or progress report of the school year and parent teacher conferences. This is a time of varying emotions for families – pride, confusion, and even panic in some cases. You’ve seen the report card and (may have) met the teacher. Now, action is on the mind, and you may be thinking, “What do I do next”?

Make notes after the interview: Write down key comments while fresh on your mind, especially if new information of importance is presented. This can include marking down academic strengths, weaknesses, and learning skills to work on.

Read the report card again: Parents may find it interesting to read the report card again after the parent teacher meeting. Some feedback may have been missed, or some information may have a new meaning.

File away report card and notes: Whether you have a physical or electronic file folder, remember to save these important documents somewhere you can readily access them to check up on progress throughout the year and access them prior to the next report card.

Sit with your child to get their take on results: Your child will have a lot of insight on their leaning. Ask them what they think about the results communicated to date. If you are able to have regular discussions about school during the year, it will help avoid any surprises during report card time.

Celebrate accomplishments and stay positive: If your child’s report card had lower marks, find areas of success and ensure they are recognized. Avoid comparisons with any friends or family. It’s important to stay focused on what is realistic for your child.

Don’t fear ongoing communication with your child’s teacher: While the parent teacher interview signals a time for a formal discussion, remember that your child’s teacher is available for ongoing communication when needed.

Make a plan: Prepare a follow-up plan with your son or daughter by thinking about what activities and goals you can set for the school year. Work with your child to consider any additional support they may require. This can be in the form of family members, teachers and tutors.

Stay big picture: Remember every report card is different and that some years will be more challenging than others. It’s still very early in the academic year – there’s lots of time to introduce positive change and behaviours!

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How to Review Your Child’s Report Card in Three Easy Steps

February is a month filled with academic feedback for students. Report cards are delivered home for students enrolled in elementary school and secondary programs. Shortly after receipt, there may also be an opportunity for parent-teacher interviews to discuss results.

Report cards are an important resource to reflect on achievement, progress and areas to improve on. It’s important to make use of this important document before it gets filed away for the year.

The mid-year report card is especially helpful as there is still plenty of time to make positive changes before June.

Our team of tutors at Teachers on Call have put together the following tips for parents to review the report card and navigate next steps:

Have an Initial Read:

  • Review the report card in full prior to sitting down with your child and the classroom teacher for parent-teacher interviews.
  • Read the comments and identify successes and opportunities to improve on.
  • Stay big picture – remember every year is different and some will be more challenging than others.

Review with Your Child:

  • Your child will have a lot of insight on their report card.  Ask them what they think about it.  If you are able to make discussions about school part of your regular family routine during the year, it will help avoid any surprises during report card time.
  • Celebrate their accomplishments and stay positive.  If your child’s report card had lower marks, find areas of success and ensure they are recognized.
  • Avoid comparisons with any friends or family – it’s important to stay focused on what is realistic for your child.

Make a Plan Together:

  • After reviewing the report card, write down questions to ask if there is a parent-teacher conference.
  • Prepare a follow-up plan with your son or daughter and think about what activities and goals you can set for the rest of the school year.
  • For areas to improve on make realistic goals (even if small) and think about strategies to help improve any organizational skills.
  • Work with your child to consider any additional academic support or tutoring they may require.

Should you have any questions on next steps, please feel free to consult our office in the process.

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5 End Of Year Questions for Teachers

With the warm weather finally here and summer vacation approaching, it means that the school year is close to finished.

Once the school year is complete, parents receive and review their child’s report card and along with it feedback from the school year.  However, for many families reviewing your son or daughters progress in the summer can leave you with unanswered questions and uncertainty on their preparation for the next grade level in the fall.

That is why parents should consider having a discussion with the teacher prior to the end of the school year.  We have put together these helpful questions as a starting point :

1) Overall, how was his or hers progress throughout the school year?

2) What areas went well and where is there opportunity to improve?

3) How was my child’s interaction with their classmates?

4) What are some recommendations for his or her teacher next year?

5) How can I continue to support my child’s learning over the summer?

 

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Report Cards – Strategies for Your Child

With the school year in full swing, the first report card is a time to reflect on the successes, progress and areas to improve on for the remainder of the school year.

The best place to start your reflection is your daughter or son’s report card.   To help support you with your review, we have put together some helpful tips below:

 

Initial Review:

  • Read the full report card, especially the comments and identify successes and opportunities to improve on
  • Stay big picture – remember every year is different and some will be more challenging than others

 

Review With Your Child:

  • Your child will have a lot of insight on their record card.  Ask them what they think about it.  If you are able to make discussions about school part of your regular family routine during the year, it will help avoid any surprises during report card time
  • Celebrate their accomplishments and stay positive.   If your child’s report card had lower marks, find areas of success and ensure they are recognized
  • For areas to improve on, work with your child to make a plan and consider any additional strategies or support they may require
  • Avoid comparisons with any friends or family – it is important to stay focused on what is realistic for your child

 

Plan for the Future:

  • After reviewing the report card,  prepare a follow-up plan with your daughter or son
  • Think about what activities and goals you can set for the remainder of the school year
  • For areas to improve on – make realistic goals (even if small) and think about strategies to help them improve any organizational skills (ie. calendar, agenda, etc.)
  • Consider the appropriate balance of extracurricular activities for the school year, as their schedule may have had an impact on school performance

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