Your kids are in school, a routine is a place, and the school semester is in full force. Progress report will be coming out soon and parents should understand what it all means.
What it means
Progress report is a telling of how well students grasp classroom work. It is a report on the learning areas and aptitude of students. It is a report that brings awareness to parents on what their children should develop.
Review the report
When parents receive progress reports it is important that it be reviewed with their children. To do so first meet with teachers either in person, over the phone, or via email to get a complete understanding of what the reports say about their children. Make no assumptions about the reports. This can only breathe misconceptions which will lead to the wrong approach to getting students the support or giving the appropriate encouragement.
Getting a bad report is not necessarily a negative for students. Often the beginning of the semester is a settle in period and a bad progress report is more a directive to the teacher’s teaching approach. Students and teachers are learning each other and expectations are being set. Not all students will be able to adjust quickly. Kudos to students who are able to do so.
Albeit students should be allowed an adjustment period it does not mean that the “bad” progress report should be ignored. After reviewing the report with the teacher and then with your child, begin implementing learning aids that will support students’ aptitude. The librarian is a great resource for locating tutoring and other learning tools for students. Now is the time to be proactive and the library is always a good start.
Parents with good progress reports, congratulation, but please do not be passive about your children’s school work. Check with your children to see how you can help them keep up the good work. Talk with them and their teachers about what the progress reports mean and how it can be maintained. Now is the time to be proactive and again the library is a great place to start.
Always, be cognizant that children are learners by nature and no report is bad, it is instead an opportunity to grow. Have a happy semester.