Eleven Tips to a Successful School Year
Parents often ask "What can I do"? The tips below are a general guideline to making for a school year with less bad stress and more learning and good relationships. The video below is from an interview with Robert Compton talking about his documentary Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination, which documents the lives of six different students.
1. Monkey see, monkey do. The most important action is to role model the importance of education, take any college course.
2. Review homework every night.
3. Read to and with your child on a nightly basis.
4. Help your child develop appropriate behavior. Learning to delay gratification is an essential step in this process.
5. Help your child develop good organizational skills and effective study habits. Students today have more access to study tips, educational advice, and answers to assignments than at any time in the past. The Internet has a wealth of information.
6. Supervise media usage: computer, the Internet, cell phone, movies, etc. See more at commonsensemedia.org.
7. Kids need to feel a part of their family on a daily basis, and dinnertime is a terrific way to accomplish this feeling. Running out of things to talk about? Start telling your kids some family history. Research shows that telling stories about your shared past creates strong and secure emotional bonds, which directly impacts how well families are functioning. Turns out that kids who knew a lot about their family history learned it at dinnertime.
8. Every night, yes every night, have your child empty his or her backpack in front of you. Many students forget or wish to forget about assignments, permission slips, and notifications. Before a child goes to bed they also need to repack all needed items into their backpack. Waiting to go through a backpack or waiting to pack it in the morning before school is not effective.
9. Monitor grades online. We are at a time in history when parents and guardians have the greatest amount of access to grades, classroom, and educational resources. Support the rules and standards established by the teacher, school, and district. If the policy is no credit for late work, then do not complain or beg the teacher for credit. Letting a child earn a bad grade for multiple late assignments is a natural outcome to his or her choices.
10. Cell phones are not a need. They are part of our materialistic culture, they are part of pop culture, they are cool devices. Cell phones are also disruptive to your child and other children in school, the teacher, and distract from getting assignments finished at night. Cell phone use and texting prohibit students from getting good amounts of sleep. Although, you may wish to purchase an emergency cell phone for your child. These cell phones connect with emergency services.
11. Parent. If you are a student without a parent giving you these tips, then be your own parent.