Amy Tierney shared this resource with me. I thought that the author, Jim Burke did a phenomenal job of pinpointing academic habits that are important for a student’s success in school. I felt that these habits were so crucial that I organized them in a question format in kid-friendly terms. Students can now really think if they are following through on each one.
A STUDENT’S ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES
If a student is not being successful, they need to answer the following questions. It is important for them to self-reflect on their academic responsibilities as a student.
· Do I ask for help when I do not understand a concept, skill or idea?
· Do I bring all the necessary supplies to class each day?
· Do I check my work to make sure all the requirements are included?
· Do I come to class on time?
· Do I complete and hand in all my homework?
· Do I have a particular place where I do my homework that is free from distractions?
· Do I have my cell phone, computer, etc disturbing my study time?
· Do I actively listen to what the teacher and other students are saying?
· Do I keep my notes and materials organized for each class?
· Do I participate in class discussions?
· Do I carefully read all the directions before I begin to work?
· Do I review my tests and assignments in order to learn about my mistakes and how to fix them/.
· Do I study a little bit each night leading up to the test date?
· Do I take notes during class?
· Do I take notes on what I have read?
· Do I have a system to keep track of homework / tests?
· Do I write down specific information to help recall what the assignment is?
· Do I use active strategies while I am studying?
Information based on The Teacher’s Daybook by Jim Burke (Heinemann: Portsmouth, NH) 2011
Have a great day,