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Presentation on theme: "HELPING YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL"— Presentation transcript:


2 GMSS Guidance Staff Mrs. Rolf – School Counselor (6th & 7th Grades)
Mrs. Knapp–School Counselor (8th Grade) Mrs. Santo –School Social Worker Mr. Knewitz – Psychologist Mrs. Gough – Speech & Language

3 Keys to Academic Success
Organization Time Management Prioritization Concentration Motivation Preparation Social Emotional Health

4 Organization Binders Travels with student to each class (may have separate binder for Math & LA) 2-Pocket 3-hole punched plastic folders One per class, in order Color -coordinate with notebooks Assignment Notebook in Binder Homework folder Labeled To-Do/ Finished Extra pencils and supplies in pocket Built-in accordion folders: place to save returned work

5 Organization Set up a calendar for weekly or bi-weekly binder cleanouts Mark dates on the calendar Student cleans out binder May need assistance and/or reminder to do this Keep a binder at home where papers are stored

6 Assignment Notebook Clear expectation that..
Every assignment/project is written down Every exam is written down Write down dates to study for a test at least 2 nights before Read your assignment notebook when you sit down to do homework each night Check off each assignment as you complete it If you keep forgetting, get creative! Ex. Take picture of homework board

7 Time Management Designate a time and place for daily homework
Include after school activities when setting up homework schedule Upcoming test? Mark on calendar Study location with breaks as needed Chunk long-term projects into smaller segments

8 Prioritization When completing homework, help your child prioritize
Use assignment notebook or have your child create a list (what is due tomorrow, in 2 days, in a week) Create T0-Do List What needs to be completed each night in order to finish assignments on-time What can wait until the next night to be completed Challenging homework first/Easiest homework last

9 Concentration Limit distractions
Siblings Television/Cellphone Where is the activity center of the house? Phone, TV, and Computer off-limits during homework time. If child needs to use computer to type a paper or complete research, turn off access to and games Clearly state your expectations - This is Homework Time, not computer time. Monitor usage.

10 Study Skills Class Topics Covered Setting Goals Learning Styles
Studying Strategies/Study Environment Test-Taking Strategies Test Anxiety Project Planning

11 Motivation Talk about or make a list of the reasons why you want to reach the goal Change your thoughts (“This is torture.” vs. “It will be great to learn more about..”) Believe you can Set a timer & reward self with a break, snack, video game, etc. for accomplishing your goal Remove distractions or create obstacles to those distractions Give & receive help Make time for the process

12 Test-Taking Strategies
Prepare, prepare, prepare Strategies based on Learning Style Positive coping thoughts Deep breaths Visualize Remember: The goal is not A’s but Learning Test scores do not measure your worth or your intelligence

13 Homework Difficulties
Overwhelmed by homework? Have one assignment/materials out at a time After finishing an assignment, put it away & check off assignment in notebook Backpack is packed and ready to go each evening – Not in the morning Unsure how to complete homework? Call someone in their class for assistance or the teacher Encourage students to become independent in talking with teachers for extra support or clarification Set goals & take breaks

14 MAP Testing Implemented MAP testing to help us gage student growth
Teacher will use the data to help drive their instruction -Provides specific areas in both reading and math that a teacher can target Adaptive assessment -Gives students a more challenging question each time they answer a question correctly Parents will receive a MAP report with the first quarter report card -Main goal is to help you understand your child’s growth throughout the school year MAP assessments again in January and May

15 Social Emotional Health
Balance Developing & utilizing time-management skills Explore new interests but balance school work with free time Mind and Body Mindfulness Breathing Healthy exercise Proper nutrition Sleep

16 Social Changes Friendships Conflict resolution
Common interest friendships develop Friends becoming more important & influential Character reminders: being kind & respectful to all; appreciate differences Conflict resolution Child may need guidance Encourage addressing the situation in-person Role play Write out thoughts & revise



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