Seven Things to Do With Your Child’s Graded Work

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Depending on how your child’s classroom works, you might get a lot of graded work sent back home in his daily folder. Some classrooms utilize journals more often and not very much gets sent home. But for those of you with piles of papers coming home on the daily, here are seven things you can do with them…

1. Recycle It

That’s putting it nicely. Throw it out. Trash it. Can it. Honestly, this is what happens to most of the graded student work. I get it. Holding onto all of it is definitely borderline hoarding. But it might be nice to save some of your child’s work…

2. Store It

A popular choice these days is to create crates/boxes for each child with file folders for each school year. Parents then take all of those returned papers and plop them in that year’s file folder. You could also be a bit more selective and file the important and more memorable pieces and recycle the rest.

3. Hang It Up

Cliche, sure. What else is the front of the refrigerator for? Find those memorable and important papers or projects and slap them up on the fridge. This is a nice way to show your child that all of her hard work is important to you. Leave it for at least a week, okay? Then, you can toss it if you’d like 🙂

4. Review It

In my school, my team and I would send home student assessments all in one folder at the same time we sent home interim reports or report cards. We asked the parents to sit with their child and review each assessment. It can be very beneficial to review work to identify successes and areas for improvement. Self-reflection is a very valuable learning tool.

5. Correct It/Improve It

Take #4 a step further. Once you and your child have reviewed the work, see if he can correct any incorrect answers or improve upon the work further. This is a bit nit-picky, so you may only want to do this if your child is the type to love this (yes, they most definitely do exists) or if he had a particularly difficult time on an assessment.

6. Study Guide

Depending on the work being returned and the grade level, you can save and compile the work to create a study guide. Your child can then review the practice work before the end of a unit and before an assessment.

7. Play School

This won’t appeal to everyone. Was I the only one who loved playing school as a kid? Perhaps that’s why I became a teacher! You can save the returned work for your child to play teacher. He can teach you or his siblings the content and then give you the same assignment! Fun (for some people)!

Some of these ideas might not be for you. I’m just asking that you consider the hard work it took for the teacher to prepare and for your child to complete and at the very, very least, toss it on the fridge or shove it into a box 🙂

Talk to you soon for the Tuesday Two!


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An education blog created by Kim. A former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Useful tips and tricks from a teacher to parents.

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