How Can I Help My Student Be Successful With His/Her Homework?

By: Debra Eckerman Pitton, Ph.D. and Kelly Quinn

[Part of the "Q & A for Parents of Middle School Students" series]

Middle school is a time for students to develop independent work and study habits that will sustain their learning as they get older. You may have convinced your middle schooler that there is a reason why they need to do their homework, but that doesn't mean the work is completed accurately or with the thoughtfulness required. You want your student to gain something from the work they do at home. Helping with homework is not the only way to support your child's efforts. What you do when it is ‘homework time' at your house can be much more powerful than the assistance you provide. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.


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Debra Eckerman Pitton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Middle Level Education at Gustaus Adolphus College in St. Peter , MN and consults with school districts across the country on issues of mentoring and middle school education.

Kelly Quinn is a senior education major at Gustaus Adolphus College and will be graduating in May, 2005 with an elementary and middle school teaching license.

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