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Old 10-19-2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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Trouble with Teacher

Just wondering,
How do you get your teens to do their homework?
I'm not having much luck.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 10-19-2006, 02:24 PM   #2
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A few questions:
1. How old is the teen?
2. What grades is he/she getting currently?
3. Is he/she involved in any extra-curicular activities?
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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does your school have an on line day to day report of assigned work and
the grades? my school does so i know exactly day to day what has been
turned in and the grade that was given. fortunately my teen is very into
her grades and i am happy each day when i check on her school work. the
one thing i am not happy is wrong information was put on her report she
cheated so i contacted the teacher and he agreed with my daughter the
info was wrong but i am having a hard time getting it changed it is taking
to long. hate to see that everyday makes me wonder if there is other
wrong stuff on the report. i have always sat down with my kids right after
school or when we get home everyday read the paper or helped them with
what they needed help with until it was done. only time i have had problems
is when they forget to bring the homework home.

in grade school i have to sign a sheet each night of what the homework
was and that it was completed or not. the teacher then checks it
to make sure it was signed every morning if not we would be contacted.

in high school the on line seems to really work, for us.

i would suggest sitting at the table with your child until the work is done
or at least in the same room. if that does not work i would take things
away and keep taking things away until they know it is important and you
won't put up with it. an education is very important.

i do think schools give out to much homework. the kids are in school all day
and if they are doing what they are saposed to in school why do they need
more work sent home? in my mind they should be playing and doing kid things.
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:37 PM   #4
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Make them do their homework at the kitchen table so that you can see him/her doing it.

Some schools/teachers post the homework assignments online now so that parents can see what the assignments are. Does your teens school do that? If so, make sure to check it daily and then check their completed work.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:16 PM   #5
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He's 16 , some of the grades are failing and no he's not in any after school clubs. He ususally does okay (even well) on tests but not doing his homework brings his grades down.
I don't think we have the online thing but I'm going to look into that. I have been emailing with one teacher.
The main trouble is that it seems the more I push him, the less inclined he is to do it.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:52 PM   #6
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How much homework does your child have? Perhaps break it down into smaller chunks of time if there is a lot to do. It is a good idea to be informed of exactly what the assignments are. I know that at the school that I teach at we offer after school homework clubs. We have homework hotline and a homework website. Although some kids just really "hate" homework even though they are very bright and do well in all other areas.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:56 PM   #7
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I have had to restrict my sons activities until his grades improve. He also does will on test but the homework doesn't get turned in. He has been doing alot better lately, as he wants his phone, computer, and social life back. I wish we had the online thing at his school. I could have headed some of this off before it got out of hand.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:02 PM   #8
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Talk to his teachers. Have them send a note home with him every day with the homework assignment written down and their signature. He needs to give that to you each day. Do not allow him to do anything (TV, video games, sports, playing with friends) until he has finished his assignments.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:06 PM   #9
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Just thinking, when I have a difficult student at homework club it seems that when I sit with them they work better. I don't know if this is something you could do. I realize that the child needs to have ownership of his/her homework.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:12 PM   #10
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My son hated school. HATED it with a capital H. Every day from the first day of kindergarten until the end of 9th grade we'd fight about home work. Long hard fights. Nothing would get done... it was horrid. On the day he started 10th grade I sat him down and told him I was finished. I couldn't do it anymore. If he wanted to pass his classes it was up to HIM. He had to do it. He did. The fights ended and when he graduated he only had two missing papers. Maybe your son just needs to take responsiblity for himself? If worked for us.
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