Homework Problem: “How Do I Get Started with EACH Assignment?”
Some students struggle to get started because they are unsure about what to do. They often fail to read or understand instructions. Some really need to be shown, as well as reading or hearing the instructions.
We want students to be as independent as possible on homework, but getting them started and reassuring them that they are on the right track can alleviate a lot of wasted time.
Homework Solution: Use The “Getting Started Questions”
Here are 5 questions to ask your child to answer at the beginning of each assignment:
- What should I do first? (Put my name on the paper)
- What do the directions say?
- Is there an example I can look at?
- In this assignment, are there questions I will need to answer after reading something? If so, where are those questions? Read the questions before reading the section (paragraph, chapter, etc.).
- Do I need to ask for help?
Are there other questions that should be asked at the beginning of every assignment?
- Write all the questions on a card that your child will use every time he does homework.
- Now “walk” your child through each question. Direct your child through using the questions on several assignments.
- Finally, have him try to use them independently.
Once you have gotten your child in the habit of using the card at the start of each and every assignment, homework becomes much faster to get into and to finish…which means more time for fun!
What is Really going on When a Smart Child is Struggling in School?
When smart children or teens struggle in school or have to work harder and longer than they should in order to keep up or make the grade, it is almost always because there are one or more areas of underlying processing/learning skills that are not supporting them well enough.
Accommodations at school or through traditional tutoring may help students to get by, but just coping with a problem for a long period of time is not comfortable and is not the answer.
These underlying processing/learning skills can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through specific brain training.
With the right kind of help, children and adults with learning challenges can work to their potential, comfortably and independently.
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