(Possible Warning Signs of a Struggling Student)
Is your child avoiding a specific subject matter during
homework time, leaving it for the last minute, forgetting to do it, or
forgetting to turn it in?
Watch your child when they do homework- what do you see?
It’sOK. if …
She stands rather than sits to do the work.
She stands to do the work and sharpens all 15 pencils,
organizes and reorganizes the homework area, and then needs a snack before
starting her homework.
Your child takes a break after school to unwind before
starting his homework.
If a child is struggling in school and a
teacher says to give them extra time to practice in their toughest subject
area, where can you find the extra time in a busy family schedule?
Finding the time to fit in extra help is a challenge
itself. Where do we get that extra time or what do we give up in its place?
There is no one answer, no quick fix, or magic potions
that will make the area of difficulty in school go away. Time and practice is
what your child needs.
First, identify what type of help is needed.
Opinions vary if homework has positive effects on academic
achievement. According to the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM:
Homework-What the Research Says Brief).
Kids and parents sure could use a break during the evening
hours and teachers could probably use the break from checking it, right?
Homework helps students prepare. When students preview, review, or prepare by
doing homework, they are ready for the next day’s lesson.
By reviewing and doing the math problems, your child becomes
more comfortable with the materials presented in class.
the age of technology is it still important for students to know their basic
Calculators and apps seem like an easier alternative.
would we say that reading is no longer essential because technology now provides
us with software that can read things for us? Of course not!
as in reading, knowing your basics helps to propel you. Higher order math
becomes nearly impossible without knowing basic math facts.
basic math fact fluency is the same as being a fluent reader.
Did you know that you and your child each have a specific
style when it comes to learning new information?
This is called your learning style. Your learning style
has guided you in learning information from grade school to grad school.
Learning style refers to the various ways you learn new
information and figure things out.
Flash cards seem to be the go to tool of how to help your
child in school before looking for a tutor.
But did you know that most parents use flash cards the wrong
way? Sometimes flashcards can do more harm than good.
Parents buy flash cards at the store or receive a deck
from their child’s teacher to help their child with a particular skill set: sight words, basic math facts,
letter recognition, vocabulary words, etc. Once the cards are in the parents’
hands the hope and excitement of helping their child builds.
Struggles with homework?
Think back to when your little one was learning to
walk-there was a whole big process that took place: holding his head up,
turning over, sitting up, crawling, cruising, standing for brief moments of
time, balancing, and then after lots of practice- the first step! As he took the many steps that followed,
knowledge of what to do and his confidence grew.
In education scaffolding is used to help learn large or new amounts of information. Scaffolding helps students build confidence while learning something, new just like baby steps.
The term struggling student seems to come up often in
conversations in the teacher’s lounge, the guidance counselor’s office, and in
conversations with parents. But what does it mean, how can one get help for
their child, and what does this help look like?
A struggling child may have:
in reading skills (no matter how smart they are!)
understanding concepts in math (no matter how smart they are!)
difficulties with organizational skills (no matter how smart they are!