Posted on: September 27, 2011On Thursday, September 15, Middle School counselors were in the classroom getting to know their 7th grade students. The role of the guidance counselor was discussed with great participation from the students highlighting the ‘why” we would see our counselor. Students were informed about where to find their counselor, when they will meet with them, and how to access the counselor. Students also participated in a fun Get to Know You activity. Thursday’s program was followed by Monday’s classroom presentation “Becoming an Organized Student”. Students viewed a movie focusing on homework, organization, time management, and test preparation. Counselors reviewed the use of the agenda for day to day and long term planning. Students were assigned a Setting Homework Goals worksheet.
Although many of our students feel confident in their overall organizational skills, we can still help them improve upon what they already know by modeling good time management and organization ourselves and providing them with the tools they need to be successful. Please talk with your child about the importance of time management and organization in their overall success as a student. Perhaps the following strategies may be useful:
- Help your child decide on a quiet place to work
- Make sure they have all the needed materials
- Help your child get into the habit of checking his/her agenda for daily assignments and encourage them to think ahead to the following day
- Take 15 minutes out of each Sunday evening to sit down with your child and have him/her look ahead to the following week
- Discuss what is on the calendar; their school agenda as well as the family’s calendar so everyone is aware of what is going on and can plan ahead to accommodate all scheduled activities/sports, homework and other commitments
The better organized the home, the better organized the student, and the less stress for everyone.