Embedded in this post is a digital copy of a Student Work Behaviors rubric that our team uses to give y’all feedback on your child’s progress at mastering the kinds of non-content things — demonstrating appropriate behaviors with others, turning work in on time, actively participating in class, showing enthusiasm and interest — that determine just how successful someone is going to be.
Your kids rated their own performance against this rubric in my room on Tuesday. Each of their four core teachers will rate them next, and the final rubric will be stapled on top of first quarter report cards when they come home next week.
Please know that this rubric replaces the more traditional comments that used to be printed on the report card.
More importantly, please sit down and have a conversation with your child about this document! Show them that developing positive work behaviors is just as important to you as making As on the report card. Explain to them how positive work behaviors have played a role in your successes. Ask them to explain the ratings that they gave to themselves. Consider rating your child on these behaviors at home.
Middle school is the time when these kinds of behaviors become second nature to students. Developing good habits now is a heck of a lot easier than trying to change poor habits later!
Hope this helps,