Don’t let SENIORITIS sneak up on you!
With spring popping up just around the corner, it is likely that more than high school seniors will get senioritis. That’s right, I believe senioritis affects students of all ages. All kids know summer is right around the corner, and with Open House and warmer weather on the horizon; the clues are hard to miss!
How can your family stay motivated to finish out the school year strong?
Make a list of the remaining projects and/or reports. Students excel in predictable circumstances. By making a list of upcoming major assignments, your child will be able to anticipate where hard work is needed. The greatest struggle with senioritis is once a student is “Checked Out” they will have a really hard time checking back in!
Write upcoming assignments on a desk or wall calendar so it is simple to see the amount of time a teacher is allowing the class to complete the project. Procrastination is the enemy! Springtime is often one of the busiest times of the year. It is crucial that your child be realistic about the amount of time needed to complete schoolwork.
Set up a reward’s system! What motivates your child? Consider setting up a reward’s system where your child can work toward a major goal for summer. For example, let’s say Palace Park is a family favorite. You could provide your child with a certain number of coins each week he/she turns in assignments on time. Then those coins can be used when your family goes to the park. Make sure you set a date for the reward. If the reward isn’t something approachable or tangible students may lose focus.
Don’t count on extra credit! Teachers structure their assignments so a fair amount of points are provided through homework/classwork, projects, reports, and assessments. Remind your child that each aspect of the class is important to prove his/her understanding of the material. By neglecting one part, enough points could be lost to dramatically lower a grade. Remember, unless a teacher has already provided the option for extra credit, it isn’t likely they will at the very end of the year.
Motivated Kids – Motivate Kids! I used to snicker when my mother would say, “Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future”, but now I know it is true! We are influenced by the people around us. Encourage your children to spend time with kids who have the same values as your family, who respect education and treat others nicely. That way, when behaviors rub off, which they always do, your child will be positively influenced to finish the year strong!
What are some ways you prevent SENIORITIS from sneaking up on your family?