20 ways to help your child
succeed in school
Communicate better ways to be successful in school to your child by:
- Checking our online grade book SYNERGY weekly - know your login information & passwords. Be aware of problems or slipping grades before they get out of control. Discuss problems with your child as soon as they arise. Don't wait until a week or two prior to the end of the quarter to try and improve grades. Parents can set alerts that notify you when a student's grades dip below your expectations.
- Checking Ms. Wasson's website for important classroom information and due dates. IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THIS WEEKLY. At the very least, check out the Google calendars your child has access to.
- Encouraging your child to advocate, as much as they can, for themselves by talking to their teachers when they have questions about assignments or the grades they receive.
- DO NOT DO YOUR CHILD'S WORK FOR THEM. This severely impacts my ability to help your child be successful. If the work I see and assess is not their work, there's no way I can truly know how to help them as a student.
- Talking to your child about ways to cope with disappointment, deal with stress, & thrive after set backs. If your child doesn't seem to care about their grades as much as you or your child's teachers do, the school will definitely require you help from the home front to instill the importance of doing homework, motivation, rewards, consequences, positive reinforcement, and more. School, alone, cannot "fix" a child. This website provides several resources for empowering parents to cope with your child's behavior.
- Making manageable goals (academic & others) and encouraging them to accomplish them - give them concrete solutions. Discuss and celebrate the steps that were made toward the goal, even when goals sometimes aren't fully realized.
- Providing a consistent sleep schedule (adolescents need nine hours of sleep, at least) and limiting TV or any screen time an hour before bed.
- Providing a well-balanced diet - & encouraging them to drink WATER. Get them to understand how diet affects their moods, productivity, motivation, and brain activity.
- Establishing a schedule that permits ample time to get ready for school in the morning or at night.
- Encouraging them to set aside time for daily homework and a routine for reading.
- Providing a quiet, comfortable, consistent place without distractions to study.
- TAKE AWAY THEIR CELL PHONE DURING HOMEWORK TIME. CUT IT OFF BEFORE BED AS WELL. REMEMBER WHO PAYS THAT BILL. YOU CONTROL HOW & WHEN IT IS USED. Here's a helpful website. 60 Minutes episode on the effect our cell phones have on our kids and the impact it's having on increasing Cortisol levels and anxiety.
- Encouraging them to make wise television viewing choices &/or online social networking usage and gaming time. (Set limits on both). NO TV IN THE BEDROOM!!! Click here for great article.
- Asking in a variety of ways about daily homework assignments. Checking the website & calendar helps with this.
- Comparing your child's progress to his or her abilities, not to siblings, other children, or yourself.
- Praising your child when homework/responsibilities are completed & setting natural consequences when they are not.
- Creating a homework Survival Kit. Assignments notebook, pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, dictionary, calculator, and ruler. Talk to them about how you organize yourself at work & home. Allow them to experiment with different organizational strategies and give them ideas of how to do so.
- Telling your young adolescent you expect them to do homework independently, but you are available if help is needed. And, expecting THEM TO KNOW what it is they need to do on a nightly basis. Using a planner or some consistent organizational tool is THEIR RESPONSIBILITY - NOT YOURS. Cut the apron strings and put the responsibility and accountability on your child. Babying your adolescent does not protect them.
- Providing transportation to the library or other resource areas.
- Providing a place where complete work can be stored safely (a folder, a shelf, or a drawer, in their backpack for the next day).
- Discussing homework assignments and providing hints when necessary.
- Becoming actively involved in homework when teachers have requested family/student interaction.