With all that is going on right now, It would be reasonable to ask why schools need to assign ANY work to the kids? Why are we potentially adding to the anxiety of the household? The answer is simple – structure. In times such as these, the more familiar and real we make it for all of us the saner the world appears.
Use the online grade book as an opportunity to encourage your child to self-advocate
By focusing on labeling a child a ‘bully’ or a ‘victim’, we miss the opportunity to educate and really change behaviors. The focus should be on the act itself and its impact on others rather than on a label.
Finding the right balance between academic challenge and social-emotional comfort should be the goal.
Good teaching is holding kids accountable. It is not giving up on a child or allowing them to give up on themselves. It is about showing every day that you care. Children do not learn from people they do not like and who they suspect do not like them. In the end, kids work for people not for grades.
Middle school is the time to learn from one’s poor decisions when the stakes aren’t quite so high. When you fly in to ‘rescue’ your child, you miss an opportunity for the child to learn from their errors in judgment and, believe me, every child has these lapses.
Ill let you guys decide!
Communication is the key to building the trust that allows schools and families to work together in the best interest of kids.
As a building principal, I often have the opportunity to speak with colleagues of mine who hold the same title. This is a result of both the need to collaborate with those dealing with similar issues and the fact that no one else will speak with us! It is not uncommon for these conversations to quickly turn to stories of negative interactions with the parents of the students in their schools. They speak about contentious PPT meetings and unsupportive discipline calls. They share tales of parents demanding teacher changes or a course level switch. They lament the pushback they get when enforcing school rules and student expectations. I have little to share during these discussions. I have been blessed with a parent population that is willing and eager to work with our staff in the best interest of their kids. This doesn’t mean that we always agree on what that should look like, but we have gotten to the point where both parent and school personnel trust that all involved have the child’s best interest at heart. read more...
Homework is a part of a child’s school experience, but, if we assign appropriately, you support knowledgeably, and the student plans thoughtfully, it shouldn’t be the time cannibalizer it often becomes.