Recently I finished Think Like a Freak which tries to get people to think differently. It briefly discusses education and says that if we are ever going to narrow the achievement gap and/or improve individual student performance we cannot do it all in school. So one think I do a lot of is schedule individual parent-student-teacher conferences (15 out of 60 standard kids had one last year) where, in part, I go over the tips in this video. Usually kids who are not achieving their realistic success level are ones not following the guidelines in the video.
What I have above is nothing earth shattering, but I think it helps to remind parents, nicely, that even if they are tired in the evening, so are there kids and the parents' job (yes I am bolder as I get older) is to keep their kids on their homework. So this year I will be sending this video out early and then again to the students whom (no matter the grade) I believe are not up to their ability level. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.