Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We got a first report last night. It seemed a rather uneventful occasion.
I recall report night being a rather big deal as a child, everyone would be reading how they were going, what the teacher had said and whether or not we agreed with what the teacher thought, and we were always gauging our parents reactions, would we be in trouble - like in year 10 when my behaviour in religion was deemed inappropriate.
But it all passed rather boringly here for a first report. I read it at swimming lessons to ensure I wasn't disturbed and it pretty much just said what we were expecting.
Except one section. There is always one.
One section indicated that effort was lacking. This was a surprise as Popps is usually the type who likes to impress, thrives on praise and likes to do her tasks as well as she can. The lack of effort was in Art, so I asked her if she liked Art, she said she does, it's one of her favourite subjects and then she pulled out a massive art folio that came home too. A semesters work that she then went through and described every piece in detail (fun for all, you can imagine).
As a newbie school parent, we're not sure if we need to discuss this anymore with her.
How about you, can you produce a decent self portrait - and how do you discuss 'effort' with your kids after report time?