So, yesterday I used one of the last of my vacation days to attend my kids' Parent/Teacher conferences. I've made them every year since they started school; while we meet the teachers at Curriculum Night at the beginning of the school year, now they've had a chance to see the kids in action, so to speak. It's good to get a frank assessment of their progress, both in the school year but also in their academic career.
We started by going over both report cards; they went home last Friday and both TheBoy and BabyGirl G. did extremely well. BabyGirl G. is in fourth grade this year, which is the first year they assign traditional letter grades (A, B, C, etc.). She did well - four B's and two C's - with room for improvement; most importantly, though, are the leaps and bounds in her social development. In all "behavior-related" areas (like works quietly, participates appropriately, etc.) she received an "S" or "S+" (S for Satisfactory; only O - Outstanding - is better).
TheBoy also did very well - two A's, three B's, and a C+. I was actually a little more concerned about the C+ because it was the only area where he wasn't putting in full participation ("S-", not "N" for Needs improvement, mind you). What got me with TheBoy, though, was his behavior segment. Traditionally he's had a touch of class-clownerism that has caused him to take hits in the "behavioral" section - this year, only one single "N" on the whole report card.
And then we attended the conferences, and I was completely blown away. It's analogous to the brakes in your car going - you don't realize that they're starting to fade because you use them every single day, so you acclimate. Once you get the brakes fixed and realize the difference, it's staggering, and really jumps out. Well, that's what it was like with the teacher conferences. Seeing the advances that both kids have made in their academic careers, laid out by both their teachers, just flat-out floored me.
Neither child is acting out in class any more. Both participate well. They're remembering their homework; writing well; acing tests. It is nothing short of amazing to see your children blossom and thrive, it really is. TheBoy was a class clown who would rather score a quick laugh from his friends than pay attention; now he's called "extremely bright" by the teacher and praised for his work ethic. BabyGirl G. (while having inherited her father's penmanship, or lack thereof) has progressed from an easily distracted student into what her teacher called a "joy to have in class".
Swelling with pride here, boss.
That is all.