How To Deal With 7th Grade Math Homework
As children grow older, their homework pile does as well. Many times, homework topics are different than homework from a parent’s youth. Middle school is a completely different situation. Most students have three to six teachers that will assign homework each night, and communication between teachers about workloads is usually limited.
While in elementary school, a teacher usually would hold your child’s hand through the process: writing out homework assignments in a planner, and writing notes home when work was missing. Many teachers in middle school hold students to a higher standard. Students are required to be more responsible as he or she gets older. Unfortunately, students at that age may become overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done. Students can become disorganized and frustrated. When working with a 7th grader, positive reinforcement is important an important tool. Below are three helpful tips to help disarm any student frustration:
- Keep a Close Eye
- Start Your Child Off
- Negotiate, Don’t Fight
Keep a Close Eye
Although it is a good idea to let a child see the consequences of not studying or doing homework, it is also a good idea to be connected to the situation. Letting a teacher know that your child is frustrated and arguing about work is a great way to team up with the teacher for future issues. This way, a teacher can cater his or her time and explain homework difficulties to your child.
Start Your Child Off
When a child is procrastinating, he or she may not understand the homework questions. When “starting off” for your child, make sure they are aware of the process behind coming up with an answer. Start by doing the first homework problem together. After your child sees the way something is done, they will be able to take the reigns on the rest of the work.
Negotiate, Don’t Fight
It is easy to become annoyed at your child when homework has not been done, and he or she is playing with friends or on the computer. Instead of demeaning their choice, negotiate out a contract. For example: If your child left his or her work out on the table, and is outside playing, let them know that once it becomes dark it is time to come in. Negotiate a times table for when homework will be done.