Getting back into the swing of things can be tricky for students AND parents. Its easy to fall into bad habits with the best of intentions. Have you ever won a trip to 5th grade science fair… at age 40! You’re not alone. It’s a slippery slope. We start out helping and end up doing.
We value the products of education over the process of learning. We worship grades over knowledge, points over perseverance. Consequently, it falls to parents to make home a place where learning, and the effort that goes in to working through a difficult intellectual or emotional challenge is honored as much, if not more, than those grades, points and scores.
Tips and suggestions for overcoming the back to school woes and laying the ground rules…
The first step for parents, particularly during those first early years, when enthusiasm and motivation is high, is to support, but not meddle, in our children’s school work. Which is more important, that each individual homework assignment is picture-perfect and 100 percent correct, or to teach your child how to become autonomous and competent enough to complete and remember to hand in homework on his or her own? – PBS.ORG
It’s easy to focus on the less relevant short term goals: the assignment due tomorrow, the perfect score desired today, the magazine-ready science poster you could so easily ensure that your child hands in given some adult help and a couple of hundred reminders. I get it, believe me. Nothing warms the cockles of my perfectionist teacher and parent heart more than meticulously-printed index cards glued symmetrically to an immaculate sheet of poster board.
When that first homework assignment comes home in a backpack, stay focused on those long-term goals and remember: when it comes to homework, our job is to support, encourage and redirect. – PBS.ORG
HOWEVER, as a parent, its our duty to trust but VERIFY. How to stay involved…
Ways to Get Involved Beyond Back-to-School Night give great examples for parents of younger children.
Minnesota’s Connected Classroom ~ For Middle School and High School parents, becoming familiar with the school’s online tools is imperative. Visit your school’s website and look for the Technology Department link. If there isn’t one, reach out to the IT Coordinator. Technology in the classroom is new and exciting, but also a challenge students and teachers.
Need to get current on your algebra, calculus or biology? What’s this about ‘new math’? What was wrong with the old math?! Khanacademy.org is a great resource for free ‘how to’ videos.
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