There’s an undercurrent that runs through most conversations we have with our kids about school. With some families it’s more explicit: “We expect you to do well, and come home with A’s and B’s on your report card.” With other families it’s less so, but still implied: “We expect you to go into school each
When our children start to struggle in school, it’s tempting to think that something significant is wrong: Maybe they aren’t cut out for the advanced classes they’re enrolled in Maybe their friends are a bad influence and affecting their grades Maybe we need to drop everything, get them a tutor and double down on study
When most of us sit down to read through our son or daughter’s report card at the end of the quarter, we generally use it to get an idea of how well they’re doing. They come home with an “A” and we think: “Wow, they must really be getting this stuff.” The come home with
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For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Washington DC board of the International Dyslexia Association. One of my fellow board members, Sonya Atkinson, gave a fantastic presentation called “A Guide to Creating Your Digital Backpack.” In it she shared a wealth of information about using technology to become more
Any parent familiar with the nightly homework struggle knows that where homework gets done can become just a much of an issue as when homework gets done. So a common set of questions we often get from parents is: “Are there any best places to do homework? And where should we avoid?” In this post,
Sometimes stress can manifest itself in unexpected ways. Have you ever had a flash of anger come over you as someone cuts you off in traffic… only to realize that you just weren’t paying attention as they changed lanes because you were busy thinking about a fire you were going to have to put out
I remember in elementary school memorizing my math times tables… what stands out most to be is the “mad minute.” It was a short quiz of 20 multiplication problems and we were given one minute to complete them… and it could probably be defined as the most stressful 60 seconds of my young life! Now,
Ask almost anyone: “What do kids need to do to do well in school and get good grades?” And you’ll get pretty much the same set of answers every single time: Go to class Pay attention and take notes Do all of the homework assigned Study every night and prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests
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There’s that famous quote that holds true in almost every area in life: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” For our purposes though, let’s amend it slightly: Eighty percent of school success is showing up AND staying organized. I’ve worked with tremendously gifted students for whom learning came easy, but their performance in school
The year was 1979. Rod Stewart and Peaches and Herb were topping the charts, and there I was staring blankly at my math test, feeling lost. Although I should have been able to do two-digit divisor long division, I really couldn’t. It all seemed so complicated and I froze. The fourth grade was coming to
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