Do your middle schoolers have homework? Mine does not and grades are dropping.
My boys started the 6th. grade and both have homework every night. They have to read 30 mins. every night and bring home homework from other classes on occasion. Also, both my boys teacher's all have link's to their pages from the schools website. And in their pages they have all the homework assignments for the week. I know not all schools are fortunate to have this available to them, however a simple phone call or maybe a note sent in to your childs teacher may help with communication.
Linda - posted on 10/11/2009
We've been having the same problem!! (I have 2 boys who just turned 13 and are in the 7th grade).....The work they actually DO turn is is done well---A's and B's...but the problem has been with organization & that's why a lot of their homework & assignments go "missing"....They say they are doing it in school at last period & that's why they never have homework at home....Although I recently recieved their grades & they are getting 0%s for not turning work in!!! It's frustrating...so I told them they are to write all assignments & due dates in their planners as they get them, bring home the homework that they've completed in last period so I can check it, and I'm going to get a different folder for each class---and have them put homework in one side & completed homework in the other side to help with the organization issues.
ROSA - posted on 10/10/2009
yes, they should be having homework now. Our schools have online parent portl to check grades, and agendas which I randomly check. I also got involved in PTA which has helped, so that teachers are more open to talk to you when they see you around. Or if you don't work, maybe you could become sub teacher that way you are more visible. But definitely get in touch with those teachers! This is a very hormonal emotional period in their lives, so any little thing can change their habits.
Jessica - posted on 10/06/2009
Yes, my son has homework and if he doesn't bring any home it is because he is doing it at school. They have planners here like one mother has pointed out...the teachers have them fill in all the assignments and they initial it when the students go back to school the next day to make sure the student did write the assignment and the parents have to sign it. I know that he is not lying about doing his work at school and my son is an Honor student always has been and he is in 8th grade now. Now that he is playing football in school he really has to do his work, because it is no pass no play here.
Denise - posted on 10/04/2009
Call or email the teachers, and let your child know you are doing this, so they know that you mean business. If that doesn't help then actually go to the school, they will let you talk to the administration. Also ask if they have a way you can check grades online-our school district has a way parents can get online and look at all of their child's papers that are due and what grade they received on them-including homework, you can check it daily and find out if they have or don't have anything.
Natalie - posted on 10/03/2009
Yes they do! Mine started 6th grade and are SUPPOSED to write down their assignments in their planner. I guess she figured if she didn't write it down I would believe that she rarely has homework. My solution was to email the teachers with one side of the story and requested how I can follow up on getting assignments. Some teachers have web pages and here in FL they use Pinnacle, so parents and students can log onto a website to track assignments and grades that are posted. The more diligent the teachers are about posting, the easier it is for me to track most assignments. Establish a relationship with the teacher - exchange email and phone numbers - Stay involved!
Jacquie - posted on 10/02/2009
yes my kids have homework. i check their agendas daily. i let them know that this is their future good grades are not just gonna end up on your report card.you have to do the work that is required of you.i do go to the school and email teachers just to make sure that my kids are not falling behind.they also do not get to hang out with friend during the week, that is homework time,after school activities and ect.since i have changed some of the rules it has helped oh ya and no tv till after dinner and only if the homework is done.
Sherry - posted on 10/01/2009
I have recently been concerned about this myself...I remember having alot more homework than they do now...I often wondered if they were doing it at school or something. Last year I saw a school book maybe 5 times the whole year.
Abigale - posted on 09/30/2009
My son started with that too. He didn't want to have to do homework when he got home. He just decided to just not do it. My advice call the school and talk to the teacher about a planner that tells you what homework he does have and then both you and the teacher has to sign it so you know that is his work and they know you saw it. I bet it will start comming home then.
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