Talking about learning shouldn’t be a blame game. When children have positive and constructive conversations with their parents about learning, they are more likely to develop a proactive and self-directed mindset. On the other hand, when children only have crisis-driven, negative conversations about learning, they are more likely to develop avoidant behaviors about their learning.
As a parent, you can promote a good mindset in your student by having good conversations with your child every week. Try this strategy:
1. Pick a regular time every week to have a conversation about school. Make sure there are no distractions by putting away phones, turning off the television, etc.
2. Have your child log into Infinite Campus. Your child's user name for Infinite Campus is their student number, the same number they use for school lunches. Their password is the first initial of their first name, the first initial of their last name, and their full birth date.
3. View your child’s grades together. Don’t turn the conversation into a blame game. Keep your tone of voice positive. Ask questions about each class: What are you studying in the class? What does the student like about the class? What connections about the class can the two of you make to the real world? Is the student missing any assignments?
4. Ask the student to open the class in Google Classroom or Schoology, whichever is used by the teacher. The student's login is their school email address. Their password is the same one they use to log into their Chromebook. Ask questions: what activities and assignments are posted in the class? Can the student email the teacher to ask questions?
5. Be sure to also talk about the classes that the student likes best? What do they like most about the class? What is the teacher like? What activities and skills do they work on?