Organization can prevent middle schoolers from feeling overwhelmed with work.  Your child might benefit from:
  • A planner to track assignments, activities and test dates
  • Different colored binders or folders (one for each subject) to store materials.
  • A timer.  Set it and have your child work until it rings.  Then he gets a break. Source: "From slacker to scholar: Helping to motivate your middle schooler," Parent SPOT, Reprinted with permission from The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc., (c)2006