For the parents of secondary students your role breaks down into the following main areas:
- The top priority: get the kids out of bed at a regular time!
- Set-up long-term goals and weekly goals. Every week, you should schedule a review for new goals to be set up. These goals should include time for “active living” activities as well as time to socialize with friends.
- Keep the school schedule somewhere visible: we suggest; on the fridge with a magnet or posted by the computer.
- Plan outings, sport, chores and study time; write these down on the board as part of the weekly goal. Insist on keeping a daily timetable. If the teenager is getting behind in a subject, outings may need to be postponed.
- If a course has deadlines, we encourage parents to keep track of them, and any other milestones in the course. Each online module includes an overview: print a copy if you can, and keep it handy!
- Try to provide a well-lit room, a place to study away from the television and general goings-on at home. There needs to be time for computer use and a place to keep school books organized.
- Ask your child about their progress. Be aware of what is happening with each of their courses.
- Keep an eye on your child’s online marks pages. (You will need your child’s username and password to log into the online marks system.)
If the student in your household is getting behind, please make an appointment with the appropriate teacher right away! If you are concerned about their progress, it’s never too early to call! Just let us know if you need a meeting, we would be glad to see you.