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Say farewell to stressful report cards
It is natural for parents to want to see their child excel. They want to see that their child is blossoming at school in all aspects, from behavioral to social and from academic to athletic. However, there may come a time when their child’s performance at school does not quite reach these expectations. This may be why quarterly progress reports and report cards can be stressful for all involved--and that time is fast upon us! Just in case, it is always nice to have a plan ready to go so you can help your child out based on what you see. First Stage - How are you feeling? Fast forward to the day you receive the report card where you see something concerning. It is understandable that you are upset or disappointed. Your knee-jerk reaction might be to try to talk to your kid or ask questions. However, fight that urge. The very first thing you must do in handling the situation is settle your own emotions. Clear your thoughts. You do not want to go to your child looking upset or angry, so take a breather. Any negative emotion you express can be picked up by your child, make them feel bad, and worsen the situation. Take some time to let those feelings settle down because you will want to be rational and ensure your child feels comfortable talking to you in the next steps. Now that you have collected yourself and cleared your mind, let’s tackle the problem! Second Stage - What are these expectations? You and your child have to be on the same page regarding standards. If you believe a B is bad but the child believes a B is great, there is a natural disconnect that will have to be settled before you move onto the next steps. Communication will be key throughout this whole process. Before you go to your child, you should think about your own expectations. What had you expected or wanted to see in the report card? Then, figure out if your concern is actually something to be concerned about. The best way to do this is to speak with professionals, other parents, or the teachers themselves. Were your expectations too high? Were they unrealistic? Should you be patient? This is important to gauge as the problem might actually be the expectations. After deciding your expectations were reasonable and you want to continue addressing your disappointments, approach your child. What did your child expect? Did they have any goals in mind, and if so, did these results match their own goals? At this junction, you can reveal what you had hoped to see, and then work together to figure out what standards or expectations seem right at this time for your child. Third Stage - What is the problem? After making sure you and your child are on the same page and both of you want to see improvement in the next report card, you have to pinpoint the issue at hand. This involves talking to your child and their teachers. Talk to your child to see what they are struggling with. They might lack motivation or have difficulty grasping concepts, so they do not like studying for a particular class. Sometimes, students do not understand why they are having a hard time. Maybe your child does not understand how they are being graded. Either way, it is wise to talk to the involved teacher, as well. You could ask for their insight or clarification on the issues they have seen in the classroom. Simply speaking to the teacher might open your eyes to a problem. For example, you might know that your child is more of a hands-on learner and realize from talking to the teacher that hands-on learning is harder in a classroom with thirty kids. Fourth Stage - What is the solution? There will not be an end-all-be-all solution, but you can certainly take steps to help your child do better the next time around. After figuring out what the issues or causes may be, you can collaborate with the child and teachers to create a plan for the expectations that you and your child agreed on in the first stage. Plans can include extra reading assignments or adjusting certain things, such as how concepts are explained. You can also assist with homework and studying. Figure out a method for studying that works for your child. Some children simply need extra care and attention, so you could seek outside help, like extra after-school hours with the teacher or a personalized learning program at the nearest JEI Learning Center. You may have to get creative, as well as revisit previous stages to figure out what works. Be patient, trust in the process, and communicate! -- If you want more in-depth help, feel unsure about the problems to address, or would like to see a better report card, you can always visit the nearest JEI Learning Center. We have a whole system for helping children find the study habits and environment that work for them. With us, your child can improve study habits, build fundamentals, refine weaker skills, all while working at their own pace. Your child can take a Diagnostic Test and you can talk with the Director about what steps to take based on the results. Otherwise, remember to stay calm and show encouragement toward your child as you both figure out a way to be happier with the progress report or report card in the next quarter! There is nothing to stress or feel discouraged about. Once you get a good handle on what you need to do, you can trust that your expectations will eventually be met. Say farewell to stressful report cards!
JEI Mercerville receives 2019 'Best of Hamilton Township' award
HAMILTON, N.J. - December 11, 2019 - JEI Learning Center of Mercerville has been selected for the 2019 Best of Hamilton Township Award in the Learning Center category by the Hamilton Township Award Program. Nina Vukovic has owned and operated JEI Mercerville as Center Director for over five years and is proud of the impact the center has made on the community. “I love to see the kid’s eyes light up when they get a concept that previously they didn’t understand,” she stated, “I can see their entire demeanor change from insecurity to confidence.” Each year, the Hamilton Township Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Hamilton Township area a great place to live, work and play. About JEI Learning Center JEI's Self-Learning Philosophy believes that the creativity of an individual can be unlocked when infinite potential and one’s natural abilities are combined with the right educational environment. The individualized Self-Learning System, combined with JEI Instructors who motivate and engage students, as well as the parents that continue to encourage students at home, create the triad that supports students in the Self-Learning Method. Through state-aligned curricula, children can succeed in math, reading and writing, English, and critical thinking. Learn more about how JEI helps improve children’s study habits by visiting our programs page. ## Media Contact Jaime Hatzelhoffer (201) 567-0677 email@example.com
The importance of parent-teacher relationships and how to have them
Your child’s education does not end when the last school bell rings. Rather, it continues at home with you, the parent. Parents take the baton from teachers once school lets out; it becomes their responsibility to make sure the learning continues. This is why the relationship between parents and teachers is very important--they are partners. They have to be on the same page and have trust in each other. Education researchers S.L. Christenson and S.M. Sheridan wrote in School and families: Creating essential connections for learning (2001): Both parents and teachers have an important role to play; their roles do not replace but rather complement and reinforce the other’s role, thus providing the student with a consistent message about reading and learning. Thinking of parents and teachers as “partners” refers to this mutual effort toward a shared goal. It also implies shared responsibility of parents and teachers for supporting students as learners. It is best when parents know what teachers are doing in the classroom and teachers know what attention parents are providing at home. This way they reinforce the same teaching practices and habits that will boost the child’s learning and self-esteem. It is a lot more collaborative when both parties are on the same page. Here are a few ways parents can make sure they keep their bond strong with their child’s teachers: 1. Set expectations from the beginning Even before meeting the new teacher or sending your kid off to school, you need to go in with the right mindset. This means to decide on what you expect from the teacher and the school year, as well as what the teacher can expect from you and your child. You could let the teacher know your child has a hard time coming out of their shell, but you hope that they will become more expressive by the end of the year. You could let the teacher know you work multiple jobs but are generally free for night events. You and the teacher should be on the same page--and it helps if you have a clear vision of this page going in. 2. Attend parent-teacher meetings Try your best to go to all parent-teacher conferences, meetings, and events. By attending frequently and punctually, you show respect for the teacher and prove that you take your child’s education seriously. This is also the perfect opportunity to discuss successes, challenges, and other important information. 3. Communicate clearly and thoroughly Ask questions to understand the classroom environment. You can ask teachers about how they handle issues and talk to children, as well as what they expect from students and parents alike. You can listen to the teacher’s concerns as well as raise your own. Ask for the best way to contact the teacher outside of conferences. 4. Show your appreciation and respect Show that you respect and appreciate teachers. Write them thoughtful cards or get them appropriate gifts. Compliment them on any progress that you see or explain what seems to be working well for your child. However, do not act too chummy; there should be boundaries as it is a professional relationship. Never vent, either. If you have concerns, phrase them constructively. If you give the right attention to the teacher, they will do the same toward your child. Think of how you treat the teacher as the way you want the teacher to treat your child. 5. Maintain your child’s positive opinion Children are quick to pick up on things. Be wary of how you speak to and about their teacher when your child is within hearing distance. This may negatively affect their view of their teacher, which could then affect their behavior in the classroom. This negative view might even be passed along to your teacher, intentionally or not. Either way, behave respectfully even away from the teacher’s eye. 6. Collaboration is key Working together with your child’s teacher can bring about great things, especially if your child is struggling in certain areas. You can create plans with the teacher to address challenges observed in the classroom and once they are in place, check if they have helped in any way. This is a partnership, so rather than telling the teacher what to do or only working on said problems at home, you want to make sure both sides are on the same page and in agreement with the next steps to take. Listen with an open mind to the teacher’s suggestions. Feel free to give your own input. Also, update your teacher on how the child behaves or studies at home and what you have been doing to help. Remember, communication is key to collaboration. 7. Create a comfortable environment Another thing you can do is to speak more personally rather than directly. This means you should put more of an emphasis on how you are feeling or doing than what the teacher is doing so as to avoid putting them on the defense. Instead of saying, “You did not tell me how my son is doing on his homework,” you can say, “I would love to know how my son is doing on his homework.” There is a greater sense of engagement this way. It will make the teacher feel more comfortable about relaying news, updating you, and addressing any issues, which then opens you up to knowing everything that is going on in your child’s school life. Keeping all of these tips in mind, you will be able to nurture a strong and mutually respectful relationship with your child’s teachers. By communicating openly and politely, you will be opening doors for your child’s education. Think of teachers as your child’s mentors and your partners striving for a common goal. Do you have any tips you want to share with other parents? Head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment under the article!