Often times I am asked how parents can help. Here are some great suggestions to help your child at home. First and foremost, keep on top of your child’s progress by monitoring (a least weekly) on-line semester grades. When a concern arises, discuss it with your child by incorporating the following ideas:
- Helping your child to be realistic is very important. Due to the nature of a high school level Algebra I course, your child might find that he/she must make a greater time commitment to earn A’s and B’s in this course as compared to prior math classes or even the other present 8th grade courses. You can assist your child by sharing your own personal experiences upon encountering your first high school level class.
- Encourage resiliency. The ability to “shake it off”, and start again when things get tough.
- Help your child to understand that having success with life challenges takes greater effort. At times it is normal to feel frustrated when doing homework, after all, you have entered a whole new dimension of mathematics. This is not arithmetic anymore. Making an attempt, instead of skipping the problem, is your first step toward achieving success.
- Always be positive. Offer your child first-hand tools that helped you when you encountered difficulty in a certain academic area. Share your successful methods of study, work ethic, time management, and genuine personal commitment. These personal devises are invaluable to your child.
- Check in with your child as they are completing homework. Ask questions such as, “What topic are you working on?” Even if you understand the skills and concepts, ask your child to demonstrate an example. When they communicate strategies, understanding is reinforced.
- Be sure that your child is modeling techniques that are presented within the reading. This year your child’s goal is to progress from arithmetic level thinking to algebraic strategic thinking. It is not acceptable to guess and check to arrive at a solution. Remind your child, “It’s not about the answer.”
- Assess the quality and thoroughness of your child’s assignment. It is simple for you to see if your child is simply doing homework to avoid a zero, or if your child is completing homework to assess independent mastery of concepts.
- Encourage your student to begin studying the moment a test or quiz is announced. Waiting for the night before is not an efficient way of preparing for an assessment. The night before the test or quiz, their studying should already be done.
- Encourage your child to be an active learner. Be sure he/she is checking solutions in the back of the book. When an incorrect answer is arrived at, the student should re-visit the problem and try to arrive at the desired solution. By doing this, your child is able to assess their independent understanding and identify individual tendencies for careless errors. Those examples that cannot be corrected are the examples that your child should ask to be demonstrated in class.
- Help your child to maintain regular attendance. Each class missed is a skill or concept missed. It is difficult for a student to rebound from frequent absences.
- When absent, ask your child to call a buddy to find out what they have missed in class, follow the agenda or check the website for assignments.
Please be understanding if your child has implemented all of these strategies but is still struggling. It may be necessary for your child to repeat Algebra I.
It is imperative that a student understands that repeating this course is not a punishment, but rather an advantage. Having a strong foundation in Algebra I is necessary to be successful in subsequent Mathematics courses at the High School.
The District holds the following policy regarding student work: Teachers may dispose of any student work and other classroom artifacts not returned to students during the school year (such as tests, quizzes, essays and art projects) at any time after September 15th of the following school year.