What to do with Blank Report Cards during Teacher's Strikes
an apple a day keeps the teacher away
Straight A's !!!
Here's an idea for those times when teachers can't grade the kids because they are on strike ...
Take the report card and sit down with your child. Go through it and look at the different sections of the card and ask your child how they feel they have done. Fill it out with them, and get detailed.
What are their favorite subjects and why? What do they like best about the teacher, the classroom and their friends.
What do they like best about going to school? What do they like the least? What is their favorite thing to do at school and why? What is their least favorite part about school and why?
Name their friends and what they like to do with them.
Fill out the report card together and it will be eye opening for you and a very special time for them; they get to share in an almost formal way what their world is all about when you are not with them. It can be a real opportunity to peek into their world through their eyes, and if you are interested, it will motivate them forward into the next semester, even if they feel it's pointless because the teachers aren't grading them.
Have them give themselves a grade for each subject too! And it's ok if they get straight A's, it may be the only time for some of them!
Keep a copy for their memoirs and send a copy back to school. It sends a message to the school board that you care.
It's an opportunity to show the school board that the kids take pride in assessing themselves and to show the kids that their opinion matters, especially to you; and lets face it, as the parent you're the one they are trying to impress the most.
It's an opportunity to step outside the box, get creative, and show the kids that you are interested in their progress, it's not all just about what the teachers think.
Give it a try I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the results, and be sure to have a few laughs as well!
Happy grading :O)