Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 163. Help break down large assignments Large assignments can seem overwhelming, and sometimes middle school students need help figuring out where to begin. Show your student how to break large assignments and projects down into smaller, more manageable tasks. 4. If your child has a question or problem... Encourage your child to talk to the teacher either before or after class whenever he/she has a question or problem. Teachers are generally happy to help, but students need to let their teacher know they need it. 5. If your child is not doing his/her homework... First make sure the homework isn’t too difficult, or that there isn’t some problem with the class. You then need to come up with a plan in which the completion of homework becomes your child’s responsibility. 6. Be available to help—but don’t do the work All students need encouragement and support, and most middle school students need a little extra help from time to time. Be available to help if your child gets stuck, or if he/she needs someone to look over an essay, listen to a speech, or help review for a test. However... don’t give more help than is wanted, and don’t do the work yourself. If something doesn’t get done, don’t come to the rescue. If you do, your middle schooler won’t feel the need to be responsible in the future. It’s very important for middle school students to be successful in their classes— and for them to feel competent and capable. If you see your child struggling in a class or spending an excessive amount of time on homework, contact the teacher and discuss your concerns. Monitor Progress 13