1) The purpose behind progress reports.
The purpose of progress reports is to give parents, teachers, and students a good idea of how the student is performing in school. They are intended to give parents and students enough time to assess the situation so that parents can help their child improve their grades before the term is over and the semester grades are due.
2) What progress reports reveal about your child’s performance in school.
Progress reports are indicators of how well your child is understanding the academic standards and whether or not they are performing at grade level. Progress reports indicate where students require more help as well as in what areas/subjects they are excelling. Often times, progress reports also indicate the students’ work ethic and behavior in class, which could reveal why they are not living up to their full potential (i.e. if they are easily distracted and have a tendency of distracting fellow classmates). Progress reports also reveal if your student is not attending class or showing up tardy. All this information is essential to understanding where your child needs to improve in order to excel in school.
3) How to approach the situation if your child’s grades are not where they should be.
Talk to your child first. Find out why they are having difficulty in certain subjects or classes. After speaking with your child, the solution to the problem might be easier than previously anticipated. You may find that it is something as simple as your child getting distracted because of where he or she sits (i.e. if they sit near a student that has a tendency of talking a lot), or they might just need glasses and they happen to sit in the back of the classroom in the class where they are underperforming (I actually encountered that problem when I was in High School, after I got glasses, the problem was solved). However, most often than not, students simply need additional assistance and instruction in the areas where they are underperforming.
After you talk to your child, talk to their teachers. Most teachers are completely devoted to their students’ education, and they will do their best to help them succeed in class. You can start by sending them an email to ask about your child’s progress and where they are having difficulties. If you need additional information, you can plan a conference or a meeting in order to have a more comprehensive look at your child’s performance in school. Information is key to helping your child succeed in school.
4) How to help your child tackle subjects that they find difficult.
The most important way to help your child is by having open communication with them and their teachers. Make sure that your child feels like you and their teachers are on their team and that you have their best interest in mind.
You should also consider hiring a tutor. Tutors can provide one-on-one help and assess what specific areas of that subject are causing the student to struggle. Perhaps your child simply needs to relearn the basics in order to tackle more comprehensive or advanced problems and/or assignments.
You should also make sure you look over your child’s homework and assignments to assess how they are doing and to make sure you help them correct mistakes they make. Make sure to set aside “homework/study time” – make sure your students have a space to work in that is quiet, where they are not distracted, and that is well lit and where the temperature is regulated to a comfortable level.
5) How to use technology to stay informed on how your child is doing in school and how you can help him/her.
Many teachers have websites where they post grades for individual assignments and tests, they post information on whether or not your child submitted an assignment, they post resources to help complete assignments or to study for tests, and they post deadlines for when homework is due or when students will have their next test. Be sure to take advantage of these wonderful resources.
Your teachers themselves can also be a great resource. Do not hesitate to email them and ask how you can best help your child. However, understand that they are very busy and they have over 30+ students (per class, if they are Junior High or High School teachers), so don’t overwhelm them with emails.
All in all, the most important bit of information I can give, is for parents to stay informed and be involved in their child’s education.
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