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Family Night Study Time

Teacher’s Plan

Instead of having five separate stations, this plan has five separate steps that everyone will go through together. 

1. Practice Good Study Skills

Go through this handout together and discuss. So they do not become daunted by this extensive list, make sure parents understand that they do not necessarily have to follow every suggestion here (could take forever). 

2. Let’s Make a Commitment

Each family should create their own personal compact (it is up to you if they want to have your responsibilities listed here too). Then plan their study time.

3. Math Assignment

Ask the families to model the compact and study time plan they have made. To do this, give them a sample homework assignment the student might have in math and ask them to model their plan as it could occur at home. Give them 10 minutes or so to do this (make the assignment small so this will work). Then stop the whole group, ask for questions, and discuss solutions to any problems that arose. Or, you may want to have several teachers on hand who can take 2-3 families each and observe and offer assistance while the families are practicing.

4. Reading Assignment

Using a possible reading assignment, do the same as above.

5. Take It Away!

Applying the typical lesson plan we as educators are familiar with, now take tonight’s “lesson” on study plans one step further by asking the families to come up with one unique thing they can do in the next week to further support their child’s learning. Offer them suggestions like simply going to the local museum and discussing what they saw there together. Or taking their child shopping with them while working on adding and subtracting different items in the store. It could even be as simple as reading a new book together or writing a story together. Encourage them to think of an idea that would especially suit their family interests, personalities, etc.

6. Sharing Time

Discuss the study plan idea with parents, —What do you think? What problems do you foresee? How committed are you to trying this? What do you really like about these ideas? How can I help more? What might be a way to communicate changes?

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Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

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