The first marking period is closed in most K-12 schools now. That means parents are seeing the first report card of the year for their child. This is a perfect time to sit down with your child and review what is contained in the report. Getting the dialogue started can often be difficult but here are some questions that you can use to break the ice and get the conversation going.
- Did you see your report card yet?
- If not…would you like to see it?
- What did you think about your report card?
- Do you think it is fair? Why or Why not?
- What was the best part of the report card in your opinion? Why?
- What did you like the least? What can you do to change it? Is there something I can do to help?
I have found that these questions generally get a nice conversation going and help me in both parenting and tutoring situations to see where issues may lie. From here it is usually good to build a plan of action with the student on how to keep what is going well going that way and how to address the challenges that have been identified. The next step is holding the student accountable while providing the support and direction they need to improve for the next report card.