What do you look at first… the marks?
Research by neuroscientists and educational psychologists have shown that it is your child’s learning skills that have the greatest impact of students’ ability to succeed, not just in school, but in life. These are also skills that parents can help build at home. Students whose parents have high expectations and who focus on building strong work habits and positive attitude are more likely to be successful in school. The information about your child’s learning skills can help you support them in the areas that need improvement. Report cards are also a great tool parents can use to initiate conversations about school. Go over the report card with your child, talk about where they do well and where they may be struggling.
Whether your child is struggling or doing very well, please take some time and connect with your child’s classroom teacher. This is a great opportunity to learn more about ways you, your child and your child’s teacher can co-operate on strategies to help in subjects where your child is having difficulty. If there are comments or parts of the report card that you don’t understand, please take some time to ask the teacher about them.