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Interim Report Cards Are On Their Way! Will Your Student Get The Results You Both Want?

Published midway through the marking period, interim report cards serve as a barometer of your student’s academic progress, while still providing enough time for positive changes to be made that

Published midway through the marking period, interim report cards serve as a barometer of your student’s academic progress, while still providing enough time for positive changes to be made that can impact that term’s grades.

What should you do if you see an unexpected comment or grade on your child’s interim report card? Maybe the average grade in a given subject is 79, when you really expected an 84. Perhaps a skill is marked “Basic” instead of “Proficient.”

If your child gets receives a less than desirable mark, the first line of action is to talk to your student. Do not scold or express disappointment. Instead, use open-ended questions, that ask your student to identify what may be challenging in a given class or subject. Questions such as: “Do you know what happened in this class?”, “What makes this subject hard for you?”, and “Why do you think that is?” may prove invaluable and provide insight that you may not have considered.

In addition, this approach will encourage your student to open-up, trust and confide in you. Do they know how to take notes? Is your student actively reading? Do they self-advocate in class? Do they use their planner to make sure assignments are handed in on time? Perhaps there are multiple areas from which your student would benefit from study skills – after all starting in the 6th grade, with an emphasize on a content-based curriculum, study skills are not taught! If you think your student might benefit from this extra support, talk to their guidance counselor, or look for an outside resource for workshops or tutoring.

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fibkinsS January 20, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Actually it's true. School do not teach study skills starting in 6th grade because they are focused on content. That doesn't mean that kids don't learn how to write or read better. But kids are not learning how to to take notes in class. They are not required to take notes when they read. And, just because school issue planners, doesn't mean the kids know how to use them. Teachers are not required to incorporate specific study skills into the curriculum. That;s a fact. And some kids don't even realize what they dont know until the work load becomes too overwhelming for them. That's when parents realize that their student might need extra support. If you dont believe me, go ask to see your middle or high school's curriculum and see for yourself.
Steven DeVaux January 21, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Welcome to the Brookfield School System, Brookfield, Connecticut.
Steven DeVaux January 21, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Top students don't need to be in a class they have already mastered. That's just a waste of their time and the taxpayers money. In terms of parental responsibility, it goes far beyond the biology of procreation. Parents have a responsibility to teach their kids as well. Telling kids to go to a library, on the internet or ask a friend is not parenting.
Steven DeVaux January 21, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Bingo! Welcome to Brookfield Connecticut.
Suzy S January 21, 2013 at 01:14 PM
http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2618&q=322592 Here's the link for the National reading, writing, and math Common Core standards, adopted by CT for the current school year. New science and history standards are being developed nationally, but CT current standards can be found on the state's education website. There is a skills section for every area of curriculum, K-12. FACT: skills are being taught. Notetaking is not one of them because it is not a skill. 'Doing' teaches. 'Listening' and 'copying' helps memorize, but that is different than learning. Compare, interpret, analyze, conclude. These are educational skills. If you want your child to learn to be organized, use a planner more effectively, or take notes, you are welcome to teach these at home. But the above skills are required by the state and that will be the teacher's focus because he/she has no choice. If you're going to complain about the state of education, you'll make a better argument if you are, in fact, educated about current standards and regulations.

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