REPORT CARD; A TOOL TO IMPROVE
17 million 553 thousand 661 students in pre-schools, primary schools, and secondary schools are going to receive their report cards on June 9. As students are excited about beginning their summer break, the experts state that report card is a good source for children in terms of informing them about areas that need to be improved. Ezgi Oral, Lecturer at IUE Vocational School of Health Services, Child Development Program, stated that report card reflected the performance of the student all throughout the year, and that was an indicator of a child’s output of academic development, not his/her personality.
Children received report cards as a fruit of their labor and exhaustion all throughout the year, said Oral and indicated that report card was a good source to identify which areas the child needed to improve. Parents needed to lower their expectations of their children’s academic capacity, reported Oral and she said, “Each child has different areas of interests and skills. They may not be able to display the same performance in each class. Parents need to appreciate the areas the child is successful at. This would make the child feel precious”.
Oral said that parents needed to stay away from displaying a punitive attitude and labeling them as ‘lazy’, ‘unsuccessful’ which would harm their personality.
Children should be allowed to express themselves, pointed Oral and said that parents needed to make a holiday list with their children in order to get their children away from becoming slaves to technology during long summer break. Oral stated that students should head toward activities and art they are interested in, and that would help them discover their inner worlds. Oral made the following recommendations to parents:
“Go out and explore the city you live in. You will be surprised to find out there are many topics to talk about, discuss, observe. Do something together in the kitchen. Bake cookies, cakes, etc. together. Let your child experience and create. If there are natural parks in your city, go visit them. Talk about animals. Make museum trip plans. Go watch a theater play or a musical. Go buy new books together. Then talk about the book with your child. Play games together. Set a specific time for homework. Remember that they are on holiday so keep that time short.”
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