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What to do with Blank Report Cards during Teacher's Strikes

Updated on March 24, 2012

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)


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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      I think grading the kids, teachers and maybe even your school district is not a bad idea at all; why should kids be the only ones accountable in the school system ... hum let's throw grading the governments actions as well!

      thanks for your input!

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      RACHEL 5 years ago


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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      Marc that is an excellent idea, I never thought of that, but I believe we will start grading the teachers until they decide to start grading the children again - thanks for that!

      and Millionaire I agree, maybe this is something we should start doing every report card, we'll add one for the teacher too ;O) ... and sadly yes we are getting blank report cards, just waiting for the next blank one.

      Here the high school teachers are saying they don't even want to supervise the kids exams, it could be really detrimental to the students' futures'. Hard to listen to them saying the strike is for the kids, when they don't seem to be helping them move forward, the kids aren't going to benefit at all from what I can see.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      Cardisa, self grading can be a learning process for everyone, I think it does work, a few of us have been doing it...

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I think this is a good idea even when the teachers aren't on strike, because it helps you learn more about your child. I hope you aren't actually getting blank report cards though!

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Great ideas! I would have the kids sit down and grade the teachers themselves, explaining each grade and how it was "deserved". Including, of course, how well the teacher interacts and socializes!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      This is a different idea. It is taking me a few minutes to wrap my mind around a parent and child grading the child but it could work.