The Homework Challenge: How to Help your Young Scholar Be Successful


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  • The Homework Challenge: How to Help your Young Scholar Be Successful

    1. 1. Nicole Bradeen, MEd<br />Esther B. Clark School, Academic Program Manager<br />Betsy Everett<br />Esther B. Clark School,<br />Lead Teacher, Grade 7<br />homework<br />and suicide<br />success<br />
    2. 2. <ul><li>I--Pinpointing the problem
    3. 3. II--Five strategies for success
    4. 4. III--Subject-specific strategies</li></ul>Agenda<br />
    5. 5. What are your child’s homework challenges?Let’s hear from you…<br />
    6. 6. He says he’s finished it, but he hasn’t.<br />She waits until the last minute.<br />He says he doesn’t have homework.<br />She melts down with math.<br />He works for hours yet can’t keep up.<br />She’ll come up with any excuse.<br />Common Homework Excuses<br />
    7. 7. He and his friends copy each other’s answers.<br />He never brings his books home/forgets things on the bus all the time!<br />He’s so tired after swimming practice that I put him straight to bed.<br />She forgets homework at school.<br />Says he doesn’t need to study, “already knows everything” on the test<br />Common Homework Excuses (cont.)<br />
    8. 8. Part I:<br /><ul><li> What is the problem?
    9. 9. Be a detective: pinpoint challenges
    10. 10. Understand different struggles</li></li></ul><li>Work is beyond capability<br />Child is missing building blocks he didn’t master earlier to accomplish task<br />Problematic perfectionism<br />Trouble getting started<br />Motivation is low<br />Too much pressure and not enough balance<br />Overscheduled, too tired<br />Root Causes<br />
    11. 11. Part II: Five Strategies<br /><ul><li> Environment
    12. 12. Routines
    13. 13. Incentives
    14. 14. Teacher expectations
    15. 15. Parent involvement</li></li></ul><li>Create a consistent environment:<br /><ul><li>Quiet, well-lit space with comfortable seating
    16. 16. Use a planner (more on this later)
    17. 17. Remember that you and your child may have different approaches </li></ul>Environment<br />
    18. 18. Where are you going to fit HW time in each day? <br />Make sure the student has a planner for homework, long-term assignments and questions<br />Your child’s routine may differ from yours-be mindful of your child’s needs.<br />See handouts for ideas<br />Routines <br />
    19. 19. Use incentives to get “buy in”<br />What motivates your child? Every kid is different.<br />Tie incentives to difficulties your child is having <br />Provide incentives for:<br />Amount of time spent working on a project<br />Completion of a part of the project<br />Discuss rewards with teacher<br />Understand how your working style may differ from your child’s<br />Incentives<br />
    20. 20. Snacks: nuts, M&M’s, cereal<br />Highlighters, stickers, pens<br />Breaks: “If you work for 15 minutes, then you get a break. If you complete work, we can do X together…” (see handout)<br />Use a “bank” or “chart” to fill in per assignment or time<br />Ideas for Incentives/Rewards<br />
    21. 21. Teacher Expectations<br />Length of time spent doing homework?<br />Test preparation?<br />Types of assignments (short term, long term)?<br />Policies around grading & completion of assignments. <br />What are expectations for parents (see more on next slides)?<br />
    22. 22. What message are you sending?<br />Model and encourage balance<br />Time for breaks, friends, family and physical activity<br />Is your child’s schedule manageable?<br />Understand expectations from teacher:<br />Sign a planner?<br />Communicate via email or phone?<br />Parent Involvement Big Picture<br />
    23. 23. Parent Involvement<br />Your Role:<br />Provide consistent environment & routine when possible.<br />Be aware of over scheduling.<br />Provide encouragement.<br />Notice where your child is challenged.<br />Set limits. Don’t rescue your child. <br />Balance high expectations with what is realistic for your child.<br />Be mindful of extreme words with your child (i.e. failure) <br />
    24. 24. Process:<br />Have child begin homework independently so that teacher can see what child can do independently <br />Be available to answer questions and clarify assignments. <br />Be mindful of giving your child answers.<br />Instead ask them to use notes, resources, etc. <br />Communicate challenging areas to teacher.<br />Allow child to make mistakes as a growth opportunity.<br />Parent Involvement (cont.)<br />
    25. 25. Part III:Specific Strategies and Resources<br /><ul><li> Reading fluency
    26. 26. Reading comprehension
    27. 27. Reading journal prompts
    28. 28. Writing
    29. 29. Math</li></li></ul><li>Reading fluency: <br />Switch off reading to one another. <br />Read a play.<br />Have child read to siblings<br />Tools: Use highlighters, pens, sticky notes, etc.<br />Reading comprehension: See handouts<br />Discussion: See handouts<br />Vocabulary: See handouts<br />Reading Strategies<br />
    30. 30. 5 Ws: Who, What, Where, When, Why<br />Visualize and verbalize ideas.<br />Use graphic organizers.<br />Using technology to support student<br />See handouts for more information<br />Writing Strategies<br />
    31. 31. Visual tools: graph paper, number lines, calculators & multiplication charts<br />Ask your teacher about acronyms, e.g., four step problem solving plan, PEMDAS, long division loop<br />Encourage your child to show their work, step by step. <br />Math Strategies<br />
    32. 32. (lesson plans for many different types of lessons) <br />The Math Teacher’s Book of Lists, Muschla<br />The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists, Fry<br /><br /><br /><br />Your child’s teacher<br />Resource List <br />
    33. 33. Evaluation/screening, e.g., dyslexia screening<br />Individual/family therapy<br />Skill building groups<br />Parent coaching<br />Specialized tutoring or assistive technology<br />Other parent education classes (see handbook)<br />Options for Help<br />
    34. 34. “Tell me, I forget.Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.”-Carl Orff<br />
    35. 35. Greater concerns?<br />Consult a professional<br />Call 650.688.3625<br />