"Monitor that TV." Television can provide education and entertainment, but it must be monitored. The American Psychological Association reports that by the time children finish elementary school, they'll have watched 8,000 murders and 100,000 additional incidents of television violence. Commit to quality shows that the family can enjoy and learn from together. But veto mindless and violent TV!
Parental Involvement in School
Studies have indicated that children whose parents and/or other significant adults share in their formal education tend to do better in school. Some benefits that have been identified that measure parental involvement in education include:
All parents want their children to become successful, caring adults. Similarly, many parents want to be involved with the formal education of their children. Sometimes, however, they don't know where to start, when to find the time, or how to go about making positive connections with the school.
- Higher grades and test scores
- Long term academic achievement
- Positive attitudes and behavior
- More successful programs
- More effective schools
At the most basic level, parents can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education themselves.
Parental Involvement in School Studies have indicated that children whose parents and/or other significant adults share in their formal education tend to do better in school. Some benefits that have been identified that measure parental involvement in education include: Higher grades and test scores Long term academic achievement Positive attitudes and behavior More successful programs More effective schools All parents want their children to become successful, caring adults. Similarly, many parents want to be involved with the formal education of their children. Sometimes, however, they don't know where to start, when to find the time, or how to go about making positive connections with the school. At the most basic level, parents can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education themselves.
"In this complex world, it takes more than a good school to educate children. And it takes more than a good home. It takes these two major educational institutions working together."
Test Taking Tips for Students
- Analyze how you did on a similar test in the past.
Arrive early for tests.
- Review your previous tests and sample tests provided by your teacher.
- Each test you take prepares you for the next one!
Be comfortable but alert.
- List what you need beforehand to avoid panic.
- Good preparation prepares you for the task at hand.
Stay relaxed and confident.
- Choose a comfortable location with space enough that you need
- Don't slouch; maintain good posture.
Read directions carefully!
- Keep a good attitude and remind yourself that you are going to do your best.
- If you find yourself panicking, take a few deep breaths
- Don't talk to other students right before: stress can be contagious.
If there is time, quickly look through the test for an overview.
- and avoid careless errors.
Answer questions in a strategic order:
- Scan for keywords. If permitted, jot any notes that come to mind.
Review! if you have time.
- Easy questions first to build confidence.
- Then those with the most point value.
- On objective tests, eliminate obvious incorrect answers.
- On essay tests, broadly outline your answer and sequence of points.
Change answers to questions if you erred, or misread the question!
- Resist the urge to leave when you complete the exam--check if you have answered all the questions, not made any errors or mis-marked any answers.
Decide on and adopt study strategies that work best for you.
- You may also find information in the test that will correct a previous answer.
- Review where you succeed and where you are challenged.
- Check out your academic support center or a trusted teacher for advice.
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Parent Teacher Conference Discussion Topics and Questions
- Homework- Is my child's homework completed thoroughly, accurately, and on time?
- Class Participation - Does my child ask questions, volunteer answers, and participate in discussion?
- Academic success - How is my child doing? Is my child working up to his/her potential? Does my child have the ability to succeed in all his/her classes?
- Classroom Time Management - Does my child use class time wisely?
- Attitude- What type of attitude does my child display in class? Does he/she have a positive approach to learning? Does my child appear to be confident? Is my child anxious or uncertain?
- Focus - Does my child pay attention in class?
- Social Adjustment - Is my child respectful and courteous to teachers and classmates? Does my child appear to get along with the other students?
- Strengths and Weaknesses - What are my child's strengths? Which skills need more work?
- Additional Comments - Do you have any advice or suggestions for me or for my child? What is the best way for me to contact you if I have a question or concern in the future?
Research shows that children do better in school when parents talk often with teachers and become involved in the school. There are number of ways that parents and teachers can communicate with each other, rather than relying on the scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Close communications between parents and teachers can help the student.
Parents who participate in school activities and events will have added opportunities to communicate with teachers. Becoming involved with parent-teacher organizations (PTO, PTA, and Booster Clubs) gives the teacher and parent the possibility to interact outside the classroom. In addition, the parent also will have input into decisions that may affect their child's education.
Teachers usually welcome meeting their students' parents early in the school year. Making an effort to do this will help the teacher better understand you, your child, and how you will support the education of your child. Teachers appreciate knowing that parents are concerned and interested in their child's progress. And, this helps open the lines of communication.
Another good investment in your child's education is to volunteer. Depending upon parent's availability, interests, and the needs of the school, the opportunities are endless. Some suggestions include: lunchroom monitor, tutoring, library aid, classroom speaker on a specific topic of interest, and concession worker at school events. Parents should take stock of their skills and interests to volunteer. School personnel may not know what parents want to do as a volunteer.
Phone calls and visits to the classroom are also good ways to cooperate with teachers and keep informed about your child's progress. Discuss appropriate times and means of contact with the teacher.
Parent-teacher conferences are often scheduled at the time of the first report card for the school year. For parents and teachers, this is a chance to talk one-on-one about the student. The parent-teacher conference is a good opportunity to launch a partnership between parent and teacher that will function during the school year.