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Suggestions for Helping Your Students Make the Transition to Middle School
- Create a regular homework routine and a place where your students can work independently.
- Expect about an hour and a half of homework daily M-Th, when all subjects are combined.
- At this age, students are developing their studying habits. Spend time actively studying with your students to help them learn how to study.
- Make a time to check and discuss your students’ planner and their finished work on a nightly basis.
- As your students’ maturity and work ethic develop, check planner and assignments less often.
- Organization in middle school can be a challenge. Please remind your students to clean out and organize their backpacks and binders every weekend.
- Check Infinite Campus weekly with your students and discuss recently posted scores and assignments.
- Provide a place for your students to keep graded papers until you see them posted on Infinite Campus.
- Empower your students to be their own advocates by allowing them to write a clarification email or ask for a PRIDE appointment instead of doing it for them.
- Create down time for your students to unwind after a busy school day and ensure they are getting enough sleep.
- Remove your students’ electronics from their rooms at bed-time so they are not bothered by unwanted texts and updates and can sleep undisturbed.
Having a low test score can be disappointing. However, unless it is a District Assessment, you have a chance to learn the material better and improve your score on any test where you earned a D or F.
Take a Test Correction Sheet and complete it as follows:
Identify each question you have answered incorrectly. Determine the reason your answer is incorrect. Was your error:
1. Careless (Did you read and follow the directions? Did you copy the problem correctly?)
2. Computation (Did you add, subtract, multiply or divide incorrectly?)
3. Imprecision (Was your work too messy to understand? Did you write a 4 that looked like a 9 to you later? Did you forget to write the units or label the problem? Did you forget an answer statement for a word problem?)
4. Conceptual (Did you use a strategy that can't be justified? Did you use the wrong procedure?)
Pick the ONE that is the MAIN reason that you concluded the problem incorrectly. For example, if you added straight across when adding fractions (both numerator and denominator) AND you made an error in adding, that is more of a conceptual error than computation.
Rework the problems correctly.
Staple the Test Correction Sheet on top of the original test.
Have your parent sign the Test Correction Sheet.
Turn in the completed work by the Friday of the week the test was returned. You will earn back one half point for each question you correct in this way.