Parents, do your homework for ‘Back to School’ nights

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– It might be a good idea for parents to do some homework before Back to School nights.

Successful Study Skills for Students detailed the 8 things she thinks moms and dad should do.

1. Be on time and leave on time:
Don’t show up late and don’t stay late. When people arrive late it’s distracting to the group. Similarly, be mindful of the fact that teachers have been at school since early-morning hours, and that most likely they are teaching the next day. If back-to-school night ends at 9 pm, be courteous and leave at this time.

2. Be prepared:
Seems obvious but don’t forget to bring paper and pen so you can take notes. Even though you most likely will get handouts, there will inevitably be a point, or a thought, you’ll want to jot down.

3. Can you bring the kids?
Not all schools allow students to attend back-to-school night functions. It would be a shame to miss out on this important event because you hadn’t arranged childcare.

4. Don’t ask student-specific questions:
Some parents think that back-to-school night is a good time to ask specific questions about their students. This is a bad idea. Questions about your student do not pertain, and are not of interest to everyone in the group. Nor is it the time for an individual one-on-one session with your student’s teachers. Save personal questions for a conference or, if you’re concerned, set up a time to talk to your student’s teacher privately.

5. Ask general questions:
Each school and/or teacher might have a specific and different set of procedures you will want to know about. * How long should my student be spending on homework? * How can I check on my student’s progress? * What’s the policy on cell phones in the school, bullying, etc.

6. What’s the homework policy?
Make note of how different teachers assign homework. * Are assignments posted online? * What are the policies and repercussions for missed assignments? * How do absences affect the grade?

7. What’s the best way to contact you?
Pay attention to how each teacher wants to be contacted. Every teacher has a specific way they prefer to be reached, and it is important to follow that preference.

8. Volunteer & get involved!
Meet other parents, and get to know your student’s peers. Whether you choose to be a room parent, chair the annual fundraising event, or participate in another manner, volunteering is always greatly appreciated.

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