Secrets of Middle School Success. Responsibility & Organization at School. Use your assignment notebook for keeping track of daily class assignments and due dates of long term projects …high school students depend on it every day and it is a good habit to start!
Selection of a workspace…..
*good lighting * flat work space *minimal distractions
*necessary supplies nearby
*expect homework everyday
*work at least 20 minutes B4 taking a break
*find your ideal time to complete homework
* save texting & checking Facebook until work is done
*determine whether to finish hardest work or easiest work first
*break down larger projects into small steps to be completed over time
Young teens value independence and often seem secretive. Don’t poke or pry, but be available to listen and help them if they ask. Support school rules and work cooperatively with your child and teachers to resolve issues that may arise. Conflicts with your child at this age are inevitable. Choose your battles! Enforce the rules that matter the most to you.
This independence and the ability to follow through with their own decisions is a necessary stage if the teen is to become self-sufficient in society. Teens are beginning to understand their abilities and how that translates to success in the adult world. They begin to examine who they are, what they’re about and where they’re going. Their identity is shaped by the integration of opinions and attitudes of others that they respect and look up to.
Teens begin to spend more time with friends and less with parents. It is with their friends that they practice social skills and discover what is acceptable in relationships and what is not. Even though they spend less time with family, they tend to continue conforming to parents rules and morals.
Contact your school counselor or school psychologist for additional resources and support.