After enjoying winter break, students have returned, and counseling classes are helping them to focus on a successful second semester of this school year (and beyond). Lessons for the first three weeks of January will cover study skills. And, although we can teach many useful skills and strategies, the main obstacle for many students is attitude: believing they can continue passing or even making As by only completing class activities and refusing to do homework or study outside of school hours.
Fifth-grade students will watch How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain, which provides a light-hearted look at skills and strategies to increase motivation and complete assignments. They will also focus on effective time-management and prioritizing activities.
Sixth-grade students are discussing the realities of middle school to help them examine if their current study practices will be effective in middle school. Specific attention will be given to priorities and time-management, attendance and make-up work, and organizational skills.
Tips for parents:
1) Encourage your student to check his/her backpack or binder each afternoon to find any forgotten work or to be reminded of an upcoming test. This will also help you receive important school information in a timely manner, instead of months later when found somewhere in the bottom of the backpack.
2) Provide a space for your student to complete homework and study. Ideally, this space will be free from distractions (electronics, pets, siblings). You may have to get creative to find such a space in your home, but this is one way to help your student do his/her best in school.
3) Make sure your student attends school regularly. Even as little as 2 absences per month can cause a decline in grades and achievement. Visit the Resources page for links to more info on why Attendance Matters.
4) Provide the supplies your student needs for school. Make sure he/she has paper, pencils, a binder, and earbuds. If you need assistance in providing school supplies, check with Mrs. Rains or another school counselor. There are resources available to help.