How to know when you’re child isn’t keeping up in the classroom

When you’re student is struggling with their learning, it might not exactly be that apparent. Maybe your student isn’t all that fond of talking about what’s bothering them or articulating what they’re struggling with. We all know one way to tell if a student is struggling is what comes back in their report card. But perhaps there’s more going on?
It might not be overnight. It could be over a couple of weeks or even a whole term or semester that your student’s behaviour or approach to school changes.
One key thing to pick up on is playing up in class. Disrupting other students in class or making a point to stay off task can be one-way students express their frustration. When students act out like this, the teacher can often discipline their behaviour rather than see behind their actions and see their struggles.
We all know moody is a by-product of growing up but is your student being a little bit more cranky or irritable than usual? These moods or fatigue can be a warning sign for something else going on besides the moody grunt and groans. A student’s mood can be altered due to what’s happening in the classroom, so make sure to keep an eye on their mood and tone when they leave for and arrive from school each day.
Faking a sickie is a birthright for any student. But 2 in one week? This could be a sign that they’re not too big on school at the moment because they’re avoiding it. They could be pretending but if they are maybe it could also be caused by stress. They might not be getting enough sleep, perhaps experiencing more frequent headaches or are seemingly more stressed than usual. These signs could be a sign to spark a conversation to see what’s really going on.
Is your child normally eager to get their homework done? But are they now dragging their feet at the thought of doing any more work after school? Again, a warning sign parents! Maybe they don’t want to complete it or talk about it because they are struggling and don’t want to make a mistake or get the answers wrong.
As a parent, there are a few things you can do to combat these tell-tale signs of a struggling student. Why not speak to your student’s teacher to see if they’ve noticed anything in the classroom? Maybe they can pinpoint some signs they’ve also noticed at school. Make sure your student knows that they are supported and encouraged even if they are struggling or not keeping up at the moment.
And maybe that’s where we come in! Maybe hiring a tutor could also boost those spirits and help a struggling student. With one-on-one focused attention, your student could get some extra confidence to bring back into the classroom and their learning.