Friday, May 18, 2012

Using the Summer to Plan for Homework Next Year

With the summer around the corner, parents of homework trapped children, everywhere, plod on to the end, as they anticipate a brief period of relief. Even if the school sends summer work home, it’s not the same. It probably won’t get done, and unlike what happens during the school year, the consequences will be slight to none.
But now’s the time for parent to think of their own “homework” for their homework trapped children. What do you plan to do this summer so that next year won’t be the nightmare it has been?
My recommendation is to map out in your mind how you want the next year to unfold, and put it together in a very specific plan. Present it to the school, and, if you don’t feel you’ll get support, ask for a meeting and a 504 plan. The plan should have three primary components – time limited work, penalty reductions, and a clear statement that you are the head of your home. If your child is in middle school, there also ought to be an identified person in the role of a study skills teacher. For more information, watch my video.
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The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers
Dr. Kenneth Goldberg is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of professional experience in dealing with many different psychological issues. He is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers and currently works in his own private practice.

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