Your son might have some ideas for what is happening with him in school. I would definitely ask him what is going on. My suspicion is that he is disorganized. The demands of 8th grade are more than he is used to. Often in eighth grade, students are required to do more independently and keep up with more "stuff"; he may not be developmentally ready to take on that level of independence and organization. I would suggest first that you get him organized. I will post a blog very soon about an organizational system that might help him. (Many TAG children are disorganized this way.) Additionally, he may not have needed to study before. But, now in eighth grade things are harder. He might not know how to study. My post next week will offer one suggestion for studying for tests. Please try that with him. He may be able to finish this year okay if he can get back on track. Best of luck to him.
Yes, best of luck with your son! I recall MANY times in grade school when I forgot to turn in assignments, even when I was performing very well on homework and tests. Personal organization is a very distinct skill, different from pure academic performance!
I would suggest a couple things: 1) Find out your child is feeling socially. Does he have friends? Is he happy? Social stress can certainly contribute to anxiety and forgetting. His inconsistent performance is an indication that something like this might be going on. And I wonder whether his younger age may be a factor in his relationships with others, particularly as his older friends begin to go through puberty at this age. 2) I wouldn't necessarily advise quitting the basketball. It's certainly a problem if kids are really overbooked, but exercise and 1 or 2 out of school commitments are good for kids, and help them learn to manage their time. I find the kids with 1 or 2 activities are often better at managing their time then kids with none at all, who may spend lots of time playing video games or watching TV, instead. Encourage him to keep doing things he enjoys, while keeping up his studies.