Friday, March 21, 2014

Some tips for improving organization and communication with students, teachers, and parents

Here are some tips for improving organization and communication with students, teachers, and parents. Sign-up for homework tips from Stowell Learning Center.

 Homework Problem: 
Missing Materials

It happens far too often.  Math book, spelling words, science notebook, reading folder, vocabulary worksheet; at least one of these necessary things fail to make it home after school with your child so that homework can be completed.
It can be soooooooo frustrating!  You sit down to help with homework only to find the book, the paper, the chart, or some other vitally key element is not even's still at school.  Grrrrrrrr!
And then the scrambling starts.  Do we race back to school on the chance that the teacher is still in her classroom?  Do we call a friend?  Or should I just send my child to school tomorrow knowing that he'll get another incomplete homework assignment?
Homework Solution:
Binder Reminder
Most teachers are more than happy to help with this solution as long as you make it easy for them.
Here's what to do:  Make a list of any and all of the materials your child may need to take home from school and write them on an index card.  Next, laminate the card or wrap it in clear packing tape.  Then, ask your child's teacher to attach the card to the upper corner of your child's desk and help to implement a simple routine.
When homework is assigned throughout the day, ask the teacher to use a dry erase marker to circle the item your child will need for that assignment.  When it is time to pack up at the end of the day, your child should erase the circles for each item ONLY after he places it in his backpack.
This will not only help your child to develop independence, but save you from any more after school scavenger hunts!
Make SURE you reward the teacher with a personal thank you note (an email does NOT count!).
*Note: I had a co-worker say this would only work for elementary. I disagree. Make 6 different sections (1 for each class) on one sheet of paper in a sheet protector or on the front cover of the binder that the teacher can easily mark and is easy for the parent to read as well. Most teachers are open to communicating this way as long as the student remembers to come up to the teacher at the beginning or end of class.

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