1st Quarter Grades – Part 2

1st Quarter Grades—Part Two

This week we have been discussing the tracking of kids’ grades since the end of the first quarter of school is already upon us.  In Part One we talked about ensuring that you are checking their grades and attendance on a regular basis.  Attendance is a key to good grades because if the child isn’t there, then they can’t possible stay on top of assignments.  We also talked about keeping track on the dates for mid-term and quarterly report cards.

In Part Two I would like to discuss tracking students’ assignments, due dates, and how they performed.  In many schools today, homework is a thing of the past.  Some teachers assign homework and others do not.  We can discuss why this change has come about in another blog but suffice it to say you want to know each of your child’s teacher’s policy on homework.    You can ask at Open House at the beginning of the school year, or a quick email or phone call asking, “Should I expect homework from you?”  or “How will I know if there is homework?”  Many teachers are using a portal for student performance that will not only tell you how they are doing but will assign homework based on their current performance.

For example, if they did poorly on a certain portion of a math exam, problems in that area, along with an online tutorial, in many cases will be made available.  As a parent, that is valuable information and the follow-up at home is crucial.  In Part Three of this series we will discuss Parents Rights and Responsibilities.


Yours for better parenting,