They’re more likely to keep up that effort
if you recognize their accomplishments. When this school year ends, take time to talk with your child.
Help her assess the gains she’s made. Look at both social and academic progress. To do this:
· Pick a time that’s not hurried to talk one-on-one.
· State a fact about one of your child’s gains. “This year, you got a lot better at speaking in front of the class.”
· Ask a question that encourages self-assessment. “How do you think that happened?”
· Listen. But be prepared for your child to say, “I dunno.”
· Give your opinion about the process. “I think it’s because you practiced more at home before you presented.”
· Ask your child to evaluate your hunch. “Do you agree?”
· Reaffirm your child’s learning. “I learned you do much better when you build up your confidence by rehearsing.”
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