Good morning Mrs. Zhang, welcome to our Parent Teacher Day. So, this year we have covered four units.I want to talk to you about Jimmy’s summative unit four exam. Jimmy is very well behaved and responsible student in our English Literature class, however at the unit 4 his assessment didn’t reflect the normal standard of his work.
In his assessment he scored 41% whereas the normal average grade is around the 80%. I tried have talk with Jimmy but have made no headway. He says everything is fine. I wanted to ask you if anything has been going on at home that influenced his test result. He has also been a little withdrawn recently
Sorry for your loss, you have my condolences. That clears the picture up greatly. How has Jimmy been at home?
Thank you for explaining the situation to me. Unfortunately, Jimmy has been going a tough time lately. His grandmother recently passed away. Sniff, sniff.
I see. The way I look at it is my use a number of strategies to help Jimmy through this time.
He has been understandably sad and quiet and has wanted to his homework. I have not wanted to force him to do it.
From a social emotion point of view we should encourage Jimmy to express his feelings as this a normal part of the grieving process.
T:As a teacher I will try to maintain usual classroom routine and engage Jimmy in activities he previously enjoyed. Is anything you have been to help him at home?P:I tried to provide opportunities to talk but I’m having difficult time dealing the loss too. Sob, sob.
T: Jimmy might find listening to music, writing and drawing as way to express grief. From an academic point of view I will reteach him and he can join our Safety Netting after school classes. We can also offer him differentiating teaching material and a second chance of taking the test.
I will keep you updated on Jimmy's academic results by email. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Thank you very much for you help. I look forward to hearing from you.
I will to try to help improve his literacy at home.
That's a good idea. He could use IXL and I can supply you with a booklist of English he might enjoy reading.