How should these 25 tips play out in Middle School and High School?
Some could work better than others. The most important ones are as follows:
1) Create a Homework Board
2) Use the school website to post assignments, announcements and communicate with parents, as well as paper documents.
I think not only should the teacher have a homework board, the teacher MUST post the homework on a webpage.
3) Give instructions in short, simple steps. -
More often than not, teachers assign projects with unclear instructions. The instructions should be clear. The teacher should provide a rubric or checklist for the requirements of the assignment. If possible scan and link an example of the assignment on the webpage.
4) Some students may benefit from having an extra copy of textbooks to keep home.
In middle school and high school the textbooks are heavy and thick. If the student is to carry all those textbooks each day in a backpack, it is too heavy. It may cause back injuries from being hunched over, as well. We have tried the rolling backpacks. Most seem to fall apart, just like the backpacks, from the heavy load. I know this year alone we purchased three backpacks.
5) Guide students as they gather their homework, planner and materials to take home.
Most of the time, the teacher is rushed at the end of the period. Their should be a warning bell before the dismissal bell, to help teachers stop and help guide students to gather homework planner and materials to take home.
6) This is not mentioned in the list. The school needs to have each teacher post the assignment on an e-grade book system.
Many schools have this. Unfortunately many do not. This is useful for the parent and child to see what assignments the student is missing.