Six Ways to Use Your Student Agenda

So, your child’s school decided to implement the policy of using a student agenda and you are thinking this may be a waste of time and/or money. I think that this is a stepping stone on how to teach children organizational skills while communicating with school personnel.

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Many schools have their agenda’s customized for their student population. Sometimes, contests are suggested so that students can submit artwork for the cover of the agenda. This is a great activity for students to show off their talents and school spirit.

Below is a short list of several different ways to use the student agenda.

1. Messages from the district and school
If you purchased or was issued a school agenda, there may be a section that highlights the county and school policies on behavior, discipline plans, emergency school closing information and more. Review the policies with your child and have a discussion along the way confirming that they understand the expectations.

2. Organize daily assignments
If the student agenda was issued by the school, check to see if the weekly calendar is broken into content areas (reading, language arts, math, science and social studies). If so, the teachers may expect the students to copy their homework assignments into each section as well as any other important information: tests, quizzes and project dates, etc. As assignments are completed your child can make a check mark to indicate what is completed. Please also review the school policy of class syllabus to see if you are required to sign your child’s agenda and how often.

3. Communication between parent and teacher
Stay in touch with the teachers on a weekly or bi-monthly basis even if it’s just to say hello. Try to avoid waiting until progress reports and reports cards because if there are any missed assignments, it may be too late to make them up and turn into the teacher. In return, teachers should also communicate any concerns with you.

4. Hallway passes
A pass to be out of the classroom is required by most schools. The passes can be used to go to any location including the library or media center to check out books.

5. Resource pages
The pages toward the back of the student agenda may be loaded with many resources such as: maps, dictionary skills, a multiplication table, how to cite accurately, math formulas and more. Be on the lookout and remind your child to use them when necessary.

6. Passwords
Store your child’s passwords for computers, software, websites, lockers, your phone number and lunch code on a page in the book that will be difficult for others to find if the agenda is lost. This will save precious time when it is time to work on the computers or go quickly to the locker.

Agendas are very useful and an excellent source for communication and resources when used correctly. By taking the time to review the agenda in the beginning of the school year, you and your child will have a better understanding of this great organizational tool.

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