What To Do if Your Child’s Grades Are Slipping


NEW HAVE, Conn. (WTNH) —  Teacher Matthew J Macaluso shares tips for parents as to how to work with their child and teacher when the grades start slipping.

Macaluso says if the student is old enough, try to let them try to solve the problem themselves. This is a good opportunity for children to learn to communicate efficiently. Provide guidance to your child as to how to frame a question and context of the question.

Guide your child, but do not try to solve the problem for them. Understand that teachers are professionals and have high levels of education. They are the ones, working in concert with the parents and the students, to help tailor a solution to meet your child’s needs.

If grades still don’t improve, talk to your child’s teacher and school. Perhaps extra supports are appropriate such as intervention tutoring. Also, reflect on whether there may be outside obstacles that stand in the way like stress at home, boyfriend/girlfriend issues, social issues or physical and mental health issues. The tri-pod of parent/teacher/student is critical in promoting academic success.

More Information:

Matthew Macaluso is an active high school history and social studies teacher as well as the author of Pull Your Head Out Of Your Assumptions: What Teachers Know About Teaching. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He has spoken in front of Education students at Springfield College and Manhattanville College as well as appeared on the radio and television. This is his second appearance on WTNH CT Style.

Learn more at http://matthew-macaluso.squarespace.com/

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