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8th Grade Information

Hints to help reduce homework stress.

  • If your child has trouble completing homework without help, find out why.
  • Talk with the teacher if you feel homework is excessive.
  • Ask for individual adaptations for your child.
  • Stop putting homework on your to-do list.
  • Stand up for your right to a balanced family life. 

The where and when of homework

Where:  Some experts caution against the kitchen table:  Help is too convenient.  Wherever children decide to do homework, they should have to physically move and come to you if they need help.  This encourages independence.  A quiet place for doing homework is not best for every child.  Some children actually concentrate better with distractions.  For those children, doing homework while listening to background music may actually work.  Even if homework takes longer to complete this way, if your child works independently, accurately, and without a battle, it may be worthwhile.
 
When:  Each child has different times of the day when learning is easier or harder.  For instance, many children do not work well right after school but can easily focus after dinner.  The main rule should be that homework must be done by a certain time in the evening so it doesn't interefere with the child's bedtime routine.  Getting adequate sleep should never be compromised for homework.  If homework is not completed by bedtime, write a note to the teacher asking that the assignment be excused or shortened or that extra time be allowed for your child to complete work.
  • Allow your child some downtime
  • Consider limiting your child's outside activities
  • Make family time a priority
 

 

 
 

Share your life with a child...it will make a difference!

Helpful hints were published in Our Children The National PTA Magazine October/November 2005

News from The State Board of Education
 
The State Board of Education is serious about education.  The Board has adopted policies that require students to pass the TAKS test in order to be promoted to the next grade.  Students who fail to meet expectations on TAKS in reading and math will be required to participate in many types of interventions, incuding summer school.  The new policies go into effect with the current 6th grade student's at Coyle.  Any 6th grader who does not pass the TAKS test in reading and math will be required to attend GISD summer school this year.  In order to graduate from  high school, all Texas students must pas the TAKS test in English, Science, Math, and History, which are administered in the 11th grade.  To be certian that all sutdents are successful on the TAKS, students participate in a series of practice test throughout the year.  These test are designed to let teachers and parents monitor student progress.  If the assessments indicate that students need extra help, we want to be certain that those students take advantage of the extra tutoring programs that we have available at Coyle before and after school.