What do I do if my student is struggling with HOMEWORK?
Students struggle with homework completion and turning homework in for many
different reasons. Usually missing assignments and/or homework are the first sign
your student is struggling with the class overall. Here are a few tips on how to best
support your student and figure out what is really going on:
- The general rule on homework in middle school is to expect about 10-15 minutes of homework each night in English, Math, Social Science, and Science. If there is a large project or paper due soon, there will be more work expected prior to the deadline. In addition, students ARE expected to be reading at least 20 minutes a night.
- If you notice that your student has missing assignments on School Loop, here are things to consider:
- Sometimes students just forgot to do the assignment to begin with.
- In this case, you should take the time to review your students’ organization. Some questions to consider are:
- How are they keeping track of their assignments and homework?
- Does their current system need to be simplified?
- Are they using the school provided daily planner?
- Are they bringing home everything they need from school to get their work done?
b. Sometimes students started the assignment in class, and never took it home to finish. If this is the case, they need to get in the habit of writing down all incomplete assignments as homework in their daily planner.
c. Lastly, your student may be struggling with the class and may be overwhelmed with the assignment. Good ways to start a conversation about homework and/or missing assignments are:
- Ask them if they need help with anything. They may not really know or be able to articulate the problem, but they may know that they are overwhelmed or not feeling good about the class.
- Offer to review their completed work. We know that you may not always understand what the answers are supposed to be, or totally understand what they are supposed to do, but you can check for completion.
For example: If their daily planner says they have to answer questions 1-14 for Math, you can check and see if they have 14 problems and answers on their paper.
- Encourage your student to talk with their teachers and find their own solutions. Their teacher may think they are just slacking on turning their work in, and may not know that they are struggling with the material. Talking with their teacher opens the door for that conversation and finding solutions.
- Good homework habits include:
- A specific time, each night, for your student to sit down and get their work done.
- A quiet place, free of distractions (phone,other siblings, TV, music etc).
- Access to all supplies they need (paper, pencils, pens, computer if possible, etc).
- A parent, guardian, older sibling or other adult available to answer questions or review completed work.
- When you are still not sure what to do, contact the teacher of the class your student is struggling in. ALL Callejon teachers are available via School Loop email, and your student’s teacher will be the best source of information regarding what is happening in class.
One of the most successful strategies we see at school, with homework completion, is
family support. Even though your student may tell you that they do not need your help,
it is vital to stay involved! As school counselors, we are also here to help. Please let us
know if you are struggling with any of the tips listed above or are having trouble contacting a teacher.