It’s October, and you know what that means! Wait, do you know what that means? Many students and parents don’t seem to notice October creeping up on them. All schools are about to send out progress reports (aka report cards, depending on your school). Do you know what your student’s grades are? If not, why?
Progress reports are a time to stop together, to make sure everyone is on the right track. October report cards poke the parents and point out that roughly TWO MONTHS have gone by since school started. Many parents don’t know what grades the student is getting until these reports come in!
I know parents and caregivers are busy. We’re ALL busy. Work has us crushed because “the holidays are coming!” (Somehow, no matter what industry you’re in, the holidays seem to impact them all.) However, we need to take the time to check on each other. That means, following up with the student(s) in your life, whether that’s asking him directly or asking the teacher. Most schools/teachers are now online, via SchoolLoop.com or Schoology.com, to name a couple sites. Check what your student has been doing (or not doing!). Check what missing assignments she has. Ask what you can do to help. Then help. A lot of the time, the student doesn’t care because the parent isn’t paying attention.
HOWEVER! For those parents who already do these things, I applaud you. There aren’t enough of you! You probably feel you’re stretching out as far as you can and you don’t know what else to do. That’s where I come in. Well, hopefully, you’ve called me before you’re stretched thin, but if you haven’t, now’s the time! From experience, I’ve seen that people learn and respond better to one-on-one attention. As an objective third party, a tutor (or other non-live-in, non-related helper) can have a great impact because of the specialized attention the tutor can give the student. Grades and attitudes can change dramatically when someone is paying attention.
So check in with your student. Does HE know what grade he’s getting? Why not? and does he care?