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Teacher’s websites are a great source of information to assist your child academically. Most teachers have websites that inform you about what is going on in the classroom, the weekly schedule for specials, assignments that are due, etc. Often you can find spelling lists for the week or even the year. This is great for when your child says that they left their homework at school or that they can’t remember when something is due. What do you do if your child’s teacher doesn’t have a website or it isn’t up to date? Check for another teacher in your child’s school that is at the same grade level. Teachers often, though not always, work together so the students are reading the same stories or working on the same math lessons. If I am working with a student and I’m not finding information on the teacher’s website, I look at a different school within the district, find the grade level and see if they have resources that will help me. If your child’s teacher has a tab for links on it, make sure to take the time to visit it. Many textbooks now have links that allow you to go in the book and review lessons. The link will have any passwords that you need. If not, ask your child or your child’s teacher. There are also educational game links that will help to reinforce concepts in a fun way. Thanks to the time that teachers have taken to find and list resources for you, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of these free resources to enrich your child’s education.
Starting off the new school year right can make the difference in a student’s performance throughout the year. Here are some suggestions that can help:
- Organization: The key to staying on track is to be well organized. This means using the school provided agenda or planner. Make sure that it is filled in everyday. Also, if long term assignments are given, they can be noted in the planner so that they won’t be forgotten. Backpacks should be packed the night before so that is nothing is left at home by mistake.
- Communication: Keep the lines of communications open with your child’s teacher. If you have concerns about your child be sure to communicate them in a positive fashion. Most teachers are responsive to parents concerns and will work with you. Remember that classrooms are crowded and the teacher is doing his or her best to make sure your child is receiving a quality education.
- Technology: Most schools have websites that will keep you abreast of the latest happenings. Teachers also have websites that apply specifically to your child. Make sure to visit it at least once a week in order to review class assignments, spelling words, etc. Often, teachers will have links on their sites to educational websites. I find this a great resource for skill building and strongly recommend visiting them.
- Online Grades: It is now easier to keep track of your child’s progress by checking their grades through online programs such as Powerschools. Graded assignments and attendance are available to review so that there are no surprises. It will also allow you to see any patterns where your child is struggling and address them immediately.
These are just a few ways to stay on track and make this school year a great one!