Homework Concern: What To Do When Students DON’T Do It
“I OFTEN LOSE MY HOMEWORK!”
In most cases, your children do not deliberately lose homework. Imagine if we, as adults, had several different email accounts to manage each day. We would be completely overwhelmed and frustrated! The same is true for students who are trying to manage dozens of papers along with a couple dozen folders, notebooks, and textbooks that must be transported to-and-from school and individual classes each day. Students need a system to simplify and streamline all of their supplies.
“I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT.”
Children are often afraid to ask for help. Their teacher may have offered help to the class and posted “Tutoring Lab” hours on the board, but many are afraid to step forward and admit they need help. Or, they may simply believe that the help is for “someone else” and may not realize the potential value to themselves. As you know, there is almost always a resource for students who are willing to get extra help. Some may simply need an extra nudge.
The key to this discussion is to listen 85% of the time. Let them be honest about their feelings towards homework and acknowledge them. Brainstorm problem-solving ideas together and allow your child to have some ownership over some solutions.
On my website you can download a free Homework Rx Toolkit that includes “25 Ways to Make Homework Easier Tonight.” Use that document as a starting point to identify workable solutions together. As the parent, you have to set expectations and boundaries, but you can also set the stage for cooperation.
Susan Kruger of SOAR(r) Study Skills is a Certified Teacher with a Master’s Degree and the author of the book SOAR(r) Study Skills. Her Homework Rx(r) Toolkit at https://studyskills.com includes “25 Ways to Make Homework Easier…Tonight!”, Homework Scorecard, Homework Inventory for Parents and a free subscription to the Homework Rx(r) eNewsletter to help you and your child get started on the path to homework success.
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