PART I- TIPS FOR PARENTS The Student Agenda
Help your child learn to use the student agenda for charting and tracking homework assignments.
• Every homework assignment should be entered into the agenda.
• Details such as subject, pages to read and due date should be included.
• Parents should check the agenda daily to make sure that assignments have been written down.
Homework Space Create a “Study Friendly” Homework Space. Help your child learn to use the student agenda for charting and tracking homework assignments.
• Your child needs “space” for studying and homework.
• The study space should be away from the noise and confusion of normal family life.
• The study space should have: a good work area such as a table or desk (free of clutter), paper, pencil, pens, dictionary, thesaurus and good lighting. Homework Schedule Schedule a “study hour” for the same time every day.
• Consider sports, outside interests and favorite shows when scheduling homework.
• One hour is usually enough time, unless there is a special project.
• Rewards and Incentives
• Rewards work much better than punishment when teaching your child to do his/ her homework on time.
• Don’t nag.
• Don’t threaten.
• Offer a positive reward after homework is completed. Missing School It is your child’s responsibility to inquire about missing assignments. Your child should:
• Ask every teacher about homework.
• Use the “Buddy System.” Make a list of names and phone numbers of one child (buddy) in each of your child’s classes. Your child can then call a buddy to find out what was done in class. If possible, try to find a child that speaks your native language as well as English.
Helpful Hints
• Don’t do the work. Monitor and check!
• Don’t make corrections. Teachers need to see exactly what your child has or has not learned.
• Homework too hard? Talk to the subject teacher. or the ELL teacher.
• Too much homework? Your child may not be using time wisely in class. Talk to the teacher.
• Too little homework? Talk to the teacher.
• When there is no homework, your child should spend the “study hour” reading or reviewing.
• Before leaving the school, your child should stop and look at homework assignments to know which books to bring home.
• The kitchen table, the bedroom desk, or the bed can be good spots for doing homework, as long as it is comfortable and well-lit.
• Just before going to bed, your child should double check that all assignments are complete, in the backpack and ready to go. Time Management and Organization Agendas can be a great communication tool in middle school. The agenda is a useful tool because it:
• helps your children organize their day and school work.
• provides space for teachers and parents to communicate with each other.
• allows parents to keep track of daily assignments.
• provides important phone numbers and information.
• explains the dress code and other policies.
• provides handy academic tools, guides and references.

• Read your child’s agenda daily or as requested.
• Make sure your child gets to school on time every day.
• Have your child keep each subject in a separate folder, and check regularly to see if any papers are filed with the wrong subject.
• Have your child organize folders to reduce the clutter (i.e., graded papers, scribbles, notes from friends, teachers, etc.)

Organization and time management skills are important in middle school, and affect students’ grades. Students now have multiple teachers, assignments, timelines and deadlines. Moving from class-to-class and teacher-to-teacher can make it difficult for students to keep track of their things. You can help by following a few guidelines.

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