Let’s face it. Classroom teachers, at any level, do not have time to tutor each student. True, there are teachers who give of themselves indefatigably and then there are those whose doors are closed at the end of the day. If your school has extra funding for tutors (usually because they have not met state and federal testing goals), there may be after school tutoring programs, but this is not the norm. As parents and grandparents we need to be able to evaluate our student’s progress and happiness with school.
Happiness? How do we measure happiness? I use the term happiness here not as a valid measurement of academic achievement but rather as a way of taking your child’s temperature – or, measuring your child’s temperament for school. Does your child look forward to going to school or is it a fight to get her on the bus every morning?