It’s that time of year. Resolutions have been made (and maybe broken) but we all have a sense of adventure looking forward to 2014!
Parents, this is a request from me to you, not from me to your children. Please, and I can’t emphasize this strongly enough, please help your student learn to enjoy the benefits of an organized classroom binder. When I see students pull out binders that are overflowing and stuffed with assignments and handouts from last fall, I feel their frustration. They can’t find what they need quickly or efficiently.
Yes, perhaps it is a logical consequence for their own disorganization, but most students -especially middle-schoolers, especially boys – need some extra help. Sit down with them for 15 minutes and take out all the work/papers/handouts/etc. from previous units. Moms, once the grade reports have been issued and you don’t need the work any more, you are free to do with it what you like. Make that YOUR decision, not your child’s. They don’t need to be carrying old papers to new classes.