Academics / Rhetoric
At this stage of learning, students will be working much more independently than they ever have before. However, taking a “hands off” approach to your child’s education at this stage is absolutely discouraged. Rhetoric students desperately need interactive discussion to help process the topics being tackled in the classroom. Additionally, parents may need to serve as private tutors as their students begin to study more difficult material. It is not unusual to find that rhetoric students need assistance in reading or comprehending more complex primary sources. Roles for parents of rhetoric stage students include:
- Assist with homework when difficulties arise
- Aid in research: finding reliable sources, organizing information, note-taking, citation, etc.
- Read novels or textbook assignments with students if the student is struggling with comprehension
- Edit writing assignments
- Initiate conversations about topics being discussed in class
- Teach students how to correctly use technology
- Help students with organization
- Monitor student learning and identify any areas of concern that may need to be addressed
- Coach students on how to communicate with teachers when questions or problems arise
- Obtain a private tutor if needed
- Assist with enrollment in dual credit courses
- Aid in college planning and preparation
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