By Victor Cogen
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CREATING AN INFORMAL PROFILE 35 Attitude toward School Enjoys going to school, but I would say more for socializing. Overall School Performance When we push her she'll be a B or A student, but if we don't, she is a C or D student. Academic Track Record Real good up to fifth grade. Always had a problem with talking. Problems started in sixth grade. Would fail or get a D average one marking period, then we would punish her (ground her) and she would bring the grades up. She's been doing this every year.
Avoid overly broad impressions that seemingly apply to everything. For instance, if he doesn't do well in general, does he succeed in specific subjects? Also, avoid focusing on exceptions that may not account for his subpar performance. Perhaps he doesn't like a particular teacher and doesn't do well in her class, but that should not be the explanation for lack of performance in other classes and in earlier years. Finally, disregard fad theories that constantly arise to explain, without substance, how everything is wrong with the schools and why your Johnny can't read or learn well enough.
6. You are determining the emotional aspects of your child's learning with information unavailable to educators, such as personal interests, topic motivation, and study habits. CREATING AN INFORMAL PROFILE 45 Comparing potential ability test results with academic success has its usefulness, but anytime your child appears to be underperforming, a closer evaluation is essential. You are providing the services of another expert to add information and take evaluative steps beyond those taken by teachers, counselors, or psychologists.
Boosting The Adolescent Underachiever by Victor Cogen