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Homework and Study Skills Tips

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Randi Brattin

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Homework and Study Skills Tips
Homework, where to start?
HW Leadership Styles That Work
Impressed Vs. Proud: telling your student you are impressed is more powerful that telling them you are proud of the work they have done.
Hit and Run: "Wow, nice work on your project! I am impressed at how hard you worked."
Staying calm with your students helps them to focus on what they need to work on, instead of focusing on calming you down.
students should be working on schoolwork to learn, not to make parents happy.
Things That Add to HW Stress
Learning Disabilities
Substance Abuse (older students)
Undiagnosed Medical Illness

What students want when it comes to schoolwork:
-To feel trusted: believe in your child, but don't always believe them
-To succeed
-Have calm parents
-Want help.... Except when they don't
-Students want help on their own terms
-the more unsolicited help is offered, the more they resent the help

***"The more kids own their work, and ask for help only when it is needed, the better the students will be in the long run." P. 129

Take Away
Pomodoro: HW on task chart
Each Pomodoro is 10-15 min. for elementary
List all HW
Assign time to task
Student places them in order
Tally all times off task & cont. work
5 min. break between each Pomodoro
How do we help?
We must stay CALM if we want to help our students to be successful
Students focus on parent action instead of on HW
Put a fence around worries
Calm Parent- can deal with anything
Anxious Parent- worry about future (hover)
Angry Parent- Yells, when things don't go as planned
Supportive- looks for opportunity to praise
Blaming- 4 S's: Self, School, student, Society
Consultant- Supports + adds info and advice
Perfectionist- measures student, reflects on parent
Boss- Support+consultant w/ consequences
HW Parenting Style
Responsible: self motivated
Parent trap: over parent
Instead: be supportive
Anxious: Don't feel they perform well
Parent trap: "calm down"
Instead: gently support in finding other outcomes
Disorganized: can't find what they need, don't turn in work, late start on assignments (*Could be a student with ADHD or LD)
Parent trap: Being the Boss, punishing
Instead: Guide student through organization process, consult

Defiant/Argumentative: Sneaky or in your face
Parent trap: consultant or supportive
Instead: Be a calm boss, provide no reason to rebel: rules and consequences
Blaming: "It's not my fault
Parent trap: try to shift blame
Instead: Help student see reality: "well, what are you going to do now?"
Student HW Coping Style
Students change depending on the subject
Homework can be a dilemma for parent and students.
A dilemma is defined as: a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable
Unmotivated: seems to not care
Parent trap:"I am sure if you try harder...."
Instead: Supportive, "You're sure it won't change?"
"I don't Care": middle school, after unmotivated, "Why does it matter?"
Parent trap: being supportive, giving advice
Instead: Be the boss

It is important to adjust responses to students to meet their needs in the moment
Supporter/Fan: give support through encouragement and listening
Tools: Observe, Listen & Reflect
What do you see? Sum it up in a word
Consultant: Delivery of the message is important.
Task: tell someone what might be wrong, so they listen and hopefully change.
Boss: Last resort style
Do: Stay calm, be clear about choices, let them know it is their choice, change the subject or leave the room.
C- Stay Calm or "appear calm"
A- Assess your child: What HW coping style are they using?
L-Pick a leadership style: Which style works for the situation?
M-Measure effectiveness: Are things improving? It may take some time
When the going gets tough and you feel like your message is not being received, ask....
"Am I really being calm?"
It is possible you are calmer than before, but not as calm as your child needs
All Students want to Succeed
Your student may not know how
They may need your help
Organize your student
Praise for hard work instead of intelligence: Your student can control their hard work, they are unable to control their intelligence
*through time your student will value the work they do
Schoolwork Pointers
Checking schoolwork
Check for completeness rather than if it is correct
Teachers want to know where their students need more support
S- Specific: complete silent reading, instead of doing better in reading
M- Measurable: complete silent reading by sitting by self for 30 min. & retell the story accurately after
A- Attainable: will complete & comprehend silent reading 80% of the time
R- Relevant: sine Jose struggles with reading comp. this is relevant
T- Time Frame: If Jose reaches his goal in the next two weeks, he will have achieved it and receive a reward
Rewards are fine as long as they are measurable and attainable
HW Work Space
Students use up all their willpower at school
4 techniques to increase study skills
Play Question Catch
Jenga Math Facts
Flash Card Elimination
HW Worksheet Hider
Respect student work style
How they learn & work
What should it look like?
Help them get organized: lead them through process: LET THEM DO IT
Schedule organization times: backpack, locker, homework space, desk (teacher permission)
Have them create the reminder: you can remind them, they do it
Sit with your student as they email their teacher: "Remind me to turn in my work, it is done!"
Teaching the steps to get organized helps your student be successful throughout life
Use sticky notes on outside of binders
Organize w/ A.O.P.
It is empty when they get home
How does your student fill theirs?
Students need a recharge: fill the willpower fuel tank
It can take between 30 min to 2 hours to recharge
Student have different needs
Noise/no noise
Students will figure it out for themselves
No matter the style:
TV is not a helper
One area
Work in many spaces
Have a HW caddy
Work where it works (Car)
Spelling, math, reading
Schedules: They look different everyday
allow HW schedule to reflect the differences
Throw Out Old Study Ideas
Students should work on little bits of information
Cramming doesn't last
Small amounts nightly
Homework = Schoolwork
Ask about schoolwork nightly
Ask about ongoing projects nightly
*Check Agenda with students*
If there is nothing in it ask about it
Check teacher website
Have student email the teacher
Students will learn to self-monitor
Please think about 3 things from this workshop that you will try to implement to help your child become a better learner

Discuss them with the person next to you

Mental maps
Write main idea and 2 supporting details per paragraph or page
Ask what it was about
Highlight main ideas
Visualize what you read

Preparing for tests
Study previous tests
Use learning styles:
Mental maps, index cards, charts and diagrams
Ask and answer possible questions, create mnemonics or association tools
Act out the info, read while walking, act out in front of mirror

HW parenting/student styles
HW Leadership that works
Possible stressors
What students want
HW space
Organize your student
School pointers
New ideas
Take Away
HW Agenda
*Micerney, N. (2011).
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