Dear Parents and Carers,
Often children fall into two categories when it comes to homework: “I have no homework at all or I don’t need your help with it” as well as “I don’t know what to do about homework until you tell me exactly what to do - I cannot do it without you”.
If you experience the above at home, there is a great possibility the child displays similar attitudes towards teachers or learning tasks in school.
Many children would avoid asking teachers for help or s/he would do ask at the most inappropriate time or manner so the teacher could not really offer help, e.g. when the teacher has to go on corridor duty or when she needs to do lunch time detentions.
The other category of children my present anxiousness and uncertainty about what to do in class so the teacher has to comfort the child. At the end, little work is completed.
Therefore teachers are advised to try following strategies (you may experiment with these at home);
- With the help avoidant child, offer help indirectly, e.g. a teacher might say “Many students struggle with this task. Some students find it helpful to do it this way…”
Therefore working in groups is useful as the teacher can offer help to a whole group not to the particular pupil.
- Using peer learning mentors is another way or indirectly helping
- Very clear structure of a lesson (or a homework session at home) proves to be very useful, e.g. at home you may suggest that homework time is from 17:15 till 17:50 and then a break then another slot is from 18:00-18:40. In the first slot, the task is to complete maths and science homework and the second slot is for English homework.
- Very well structured tasks: e.g. give answers to three following questions instead of write a page essay on what you think about...
- A lot of games which help to understand and remember the material
These are just a few tips that your child may benefit from and we hope you find this information useful.