Funny when report cards for your students and report cards for your children collide. I've just finished my second trimester report cards and my students will receive them on Friday. My children just had their report cards published and I reviewed them today. Tomorrow I will meet with their teachers via Google Meet to discuss their progress. Meanwhile, I've been calling my students' families this week to discuss their report cards and progress so far.
As a teacher, I'm mindful to say something positive always in the comments. I try to lean on the side of positive when I can for any indicator. I feel badly when a child receives all 1's and minuses and try to soften the blow with kind comments about positive things I notice and appreciate about the child.
Years ago, my son had difficulty with reading and writing, The report card had a lot of 2's (below grade level) in these areas. I can't tell you how delighted I was to see 4's down the columns for reading and writing! Exceeding grade level?! Back in second grade I remember meeting with his teacher and AIS provider. I said I didn't want him to be a "lifer" in AIS reading and wanted him to close the gap. I'm so proud of him for how far he's come through a rough few years to be doing so well academically.
Report cards are a challenge as a teacher, but I see as a parent how much they mean. It makes the work more important and I vow to help every child feel appreciated and valued. I hope to paint an honest picture for parents while also being hopeful and letting them know what we can work on.....together.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski