learning trouble shooting skills
Learning to trouble shoot
When students come to a parent for help, rather than just giving them the answer, please try to model good troubleshooting. Here are some basic questions:
What have you already tried?
Do you have notes from class or past worksheets that would help you?
Have you read the chapter that this is covered in? May need to re-read a section or two.
Have you looked up in the index or glossary to find the exact pages that cover this topic?
Have you written down any formula or definitions that would help you to focus on this question?
Science is all about troubleshooting! Often the best kind of homework help a parent can give, is to point out what tools they already have at their disposal. Then after they have exhausted these resources, and still need help...feel free to get them started, and then walk away. This is THEIR homework...not yours. Send them a clear message that you expect them to do the hard stuff first, then you will be happy to look it over, IF they still have a question.