10 yr. old dd skipped 4th grade this year into an accelerated 5th grade class at a public charter school with 15 students in the class. Her teacher this year is new and also is new to teaching 5th grade.
DD is a very forgetful and disorganized person naturally - to say it is not her strong suit is an understatement and I think it's genetic - her Dad (note - my XH) is very much the same. I have a very good memory and this drives me crazy to no end. I've been working with DD diligently since she was wee to help her find coping skills and systems to keep her organized.
This year in school, there is no real "process" for written down information regarding homework and special events. Sometimes there are handouts that don't make it back to me. The teacher writes down the homework assignments on the board and the kids are expected to record it themselves. This works well for things due the next day. This past month dd had a 5 page research paper assigned and "forgot" about it until a week from the due date. There is no process around first draft, revision, resubmit, final draft. The teacher assigns a paper and expects it to turn up on the date due.
What ends up happening is that I feel I have to teach my dd how to write a paper - show her how to outline etc. and be sure she is pacing things correctly. This takes a lot of time and energy and if we were homeschooling - no problem, we'd have all day but as it is she is at school most of the day and when she has a paper due it seems I have to spend a LOT of time actively directing her in completion of it...it's all we have time to do together...which sucks.
There is no syllabus handed out to the kids - I'm often guessing at what is actually expected of her and she is not clear on it either. Her school is 50 miles away and we car pool - DP drives so it's rare I even get to talk one-on-one with teacher. We communicate by email. I keep addressing the fact I feel dd needs more clarity in direction from him and feel sort of peeved a simple thing like providing a syllabus would save so much headache for me and isn't done.
What do your 5th grade kids use for organization and assignments and how much does the teacher facilitate the kids keeping it together?