In middle school, students are not expected to just sit and behave themselves. Teachers want them to participate in classroom activities.

Often 10 percent or more of a student’s grade can depend on class participation.

Make sure your child understands there are certain things that the most successful middle school students do consistently. They include the following.

Your middle school student should do these things:

  • Attend class.
  • Arrive to class on time.
  • Come prepared for class (with homework done and books, notebooks, pencils and paper in hand.)
  • Ask questions.
  • Contribute to class discussions and group work.

And avoid doing these things:

  • Talking excessively when not called upon to do so.
  • Daydreaming or not paying attention.
  • Slouching, putting head down desk or sleeping.
  • Moving about the room when not required for class activity.
  • Fidgeting or playing with hair, make-up, games or gadgets.
  • Completing homework for one class during another.
  • Making rude or inappropriate remarks or gestures.

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