Getting Kids to Do Homework Independently
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It’s Time to Check on Your Child’s Academic Progress
Now that we’ve reached the middle of the school year, it’s a good time to take a close look at how your child is doing in school. His or her report cards should answer the following questions:
1. Is my child working up to his or her academic potential?
2. Is my child working on grade level (elementary school)?
3. Does my child have any behavioral problems in school?
If his report cards don’t give you a good picture of your child’s progress if you know there are problems, schedule a conference with your child’s teacher now, if the school doesn’t have mid-year conferences. It’s better to deal with a problem as soon as you know of its existence then to wait until your student is really struggling. Waiting will not make a problem go away. Plus, the school year is only halfway over — giving you and your child’s teacher(s) plenty of time to turn things around. When there are problems, always ask your children’s teachers how you can help eliminate or improve them.
If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, be sure to check his or her progress and make sure your child is receiving all the accommodations that the Special Education Team has suggested. Often, children with either an IEP or 504 plan are still failing a class, and it turns out they are not getting the required accommodations, such as having the questions read to them or getting a formula sheet for math tests.
Never be afraid to ask the questions you need to help your child be a successful student.
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