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Old 11-06-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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I have a parent who freaks out over every little thing. I want to tell her that her DD does well with basic reading and math questions, but struggles with higher level thinking questions. I wrote, "Susie does well with basic reading and math questions, but is struggling with higher level thinking questions. I believe this skill will come with more practice and exposure."

I feel like there's a better way to say it.

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Instead of saying "struggling" could you say 'is now working on learning how to respond to higher level" or "now is starting to learn
how to respond to higher level" or even "has progressed to working on ..."
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I understand that you don't want mom freaking out about her child's struggles, but if they are struggles she really needs to know. I disagree with hiding fact in nice words because the fact often gets minimized. If it is worth being concerned about it is worth being straight forward about.

Why do you believe the skill will come with more practice and exposure? For example, is she lacking an understanding of the abstract concepts? Is she developmentally behind in other areas of abstraction? Is it multi-step problems that require more thinking that is giving her problems? What do you have up your sleeve to help with these skills?

You statement says to any parent, your child is behind, and I'm not going to do anything different. I just hope it will get better.

My suggestion. Tell the truth, but if you have strategies you plan on using, let the parent know about them so the parent doesn't think you are just punting this down the road with fingers crossed.
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Much better, thank you.
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Use and instead of but. It has a positive tone.

"...and is working on critical thinking..."


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I agree with other posters. She might take "struggling" as negative. I would use "working on" or "improving on", and then continue with "I believe this skill will come with more practice and exposure". Maybe add an example of how she has done this so far (if applicable). I do like the part where you say "I believe this skill will come with more practice and exposure". I always start and end with a positive.
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does well with basic reading and math but needs support to answer higher level thinking questions. i believe she will become more independent with more practice and exposure.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:51 AM
 
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........we will continue to work on strategies to develop higher level thinking skills.
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I tend to say “we are continuing to work on ________” fill in the blank with any skill or behavior they are struggling with
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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I like Rana's "support moving to independence" comment. It really is what we do.


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Don't lie by deception, sugarcoat or twist!
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I call a spade a spade. Susie has a long schooling life to go.
I say get this parent in and have a nice but frank and honest talk.
Struggling is struggling. Help her with ideas.
Don't let her anxiety freak you out!!
Get the dad in!! What does he think?
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:30 PM
 
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I would like to add --

You might want to provide the mom with specifics on what higher level questions look like. For example, questions that begin with How or Why... Also, you may want to share with the mom how she may help her child at home have "more practice and exposure" with higher-level questions.

In fact, that would be a nice handy list to make available in all the report cards and at conferences...
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