Mr. Milligan (a former Cutler math teacher) was once asked by a parent. “What can I do to help my child become successful in school?” The following was his reply:
1) Check your child’s agenda planner daily. Make sure that you
see something written for every subject.
2) Set aside a special time for homework to be completed every
evening. I know that this may be difficult on some days,
but consistency is very important for this age group.
3) Homework should be completed in quiet surroundings with
4) Check your child’s work. If it’s not organized and neat enough
for you, then it probably will not be acceptable work for
5) Backpacks and lockers have a way of becoming storage
areas for an incredible amount of “stuff.” Help your child
to reorganize at the end of a week, month, or trimester.
6) Give your child some tasks to complete at home on a
regular basis that he or she is responsible for. This should
not be something that you have to pay to be completed,
but a task or chore that is to be done because he/she
is a member of your family. Hold the child accountable
and make him/her face appropriate consequences
if the job is not done to your satisfaction.
7) Let your child know that what goes on in school is important
to you. Don’t settle for something less than his/her BEST
8) Do whatever it takes to foster responsibility and accountability
in your child.
9) Math specific items:
a) Help your child learn the basic addition/subtraction
and multiplication/division facts.
b) Help your child learn to multiply with two or more
c) Help your child with “long division.”