Posts Tagged: academic performance

7 Ways to Motivate Your Child To Study

motivate your child to study As far as you know, your child is intelligent, and should be doing very well in school. However, your child is actually delivering C after C when he or she is capable of bringing home A’s, and you’re absolutely confused why they’re getting grades that are much lower than what he or she is capable of achieving. Chances are, you have an unmotivated child, and that lack of motivation is taking a toll on their education.

As a parent invested in your child’s academic life, you need to take steps that would help motivate your child to study. Here are 7 ways that we believe can help you do just that.


How To Tell If My Child Is Gifted

my child is giftedDoes your child show great curiosity about objects, situations, or events? Have you ever found yourself stumped by provocative questions from your kid? Does learning come rapidly, easily and efficiently for your son or daughter? If your answer to all three questions is yes, then there’s a huge chance you have a gifted child, if the signs of a gifted child listed in an article by Barbara Rockwell for PopSugar are to be believed.


Parents Prefer Homeschooling Than Common Core

homeschoolingThe goal of Common Core, the educational initiative in the United States that spells out what K-12 students are expected to know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade, is laudable, but many parents are choosing homeschooling over it, according to a report by Grace Smith for Education News.

Issues with Common Core

According to Smith, the issue comes from some parents who home school their children, particularly when it comes to math standards, which are perceived to be developmentally inappropriate. Another thing about Common Core that many parents who home school their children have a problem with is their lessening control as citizens over a very centralized education policy, which the Common Core certainly is.

The report also quotes a home schooling parent named Beth Meyers as saying that the one-size-fits-all approach of Common Core is not really supporting “foundational, philosophical material”, which she thinks students need before entering college.

What do you think? Do you want the Common Core or do you agree the one-size-fits-all approach is making things worse?

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Multiplication Facts Learning Ideas For School Children

multiplication facts learning ideasRemember your times tables? Chances are, you memorized them through constant drilling, as it was the technique most commonly employed by the teachers and parents of our generation. And, we did it when we were in primary school. Things have definitely changed these days.

Schools today now teach multiplication concepts from kindergarten or prep. And it’s no longer just about rote memorization of times tables. Before times tables are learned, today’s schools put a premium on developing a child’s ability to visualize the multiplication process first. Having them play multiplication games is one of the techniques teachers use to help kids grasp multiplication facts early, and these are techniques you can use for your own children, too. Here are some of those multiplication facts learning ideas for school children.


Helping Your Child Learn Division Concepts

Helping Your Child Learn Division ConceptsIn general, memorizing basic division facts come easy for many children. However, understanding division concepts, like the relationship between division and multiplication, is an entirely different story. Some get confused by them, and it’s up to parents and teachers to help them get a grasp of such essential mathematical concepts. To help you out in that regard, here are some tips to get you started.


Social and Emotional Skills Classroom Programs Improve Math Achievement, Says Study

improve math achievementA study jointly conducted by researchers from different American universities has revealed that classroom programs that focus on improving the social and emotional skills of elementary school students can also boost their achievement in reading and math.

According to Science Daily, the study, “Efficacy of the Responsive Classroom Approach: Results from a Three Year, Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial”, focused on a widely-used social and emotional learning intervention called Responsive Classroom or RC. Over the course of more than three years, the researchers compared the math and reading achievement between the students of 24 schools, 13 of which adopted RC.

Even if the direct goal of RC is not academic building, the researchers found out that supporting the social and emotional growth of students in a classroom setting does not interfere with academic learning, and in fact helps them make academic gains, particularly in reading and math.

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Study: Parents Shouldn’t Help Kids With Homework

parental involvement in educationHelping children with their homework, along with meeting with teachers and volunteering at school, have long been an integral part of parental involvement in their education. A new study, however, says that parents shouldn’t help kids with homework at all. In an article for The Atlantic, Dana Goldstein relates this and other insights from the study of the impact parents have on their children’s education.


Gifted Students Need More Challenges in School

gifted students need more challenges in schoolThe thought that schools are now giving a lot of attention to struggling students is admirable, but in the process of helping them get up to speed, gifted students are now being left without a challenging education, says Alexandria Suarez in article she wrote for Education News.


Getting the Answer Correct Is More Important

getting the correct answer is more importantFor a parent, few things are as puzzling as seeing your child arrive at the right answer for a math problem only to be put down by teachers who say the child got it wrong because he didn’t follow the prescribed process.

Mainstream colleges of education and many teachers all over the country subscribe to this principle, but it is far from being the correct one, according to an article written by James V. Shuls, Ph.D. for Education News.


Seattle Parents Start Petition For Later School Start Time

sleep-deprived childrenNow here’s something I wish was pursued by our parents during our time in school. A report by Misty Bailey for Education News says parents in Seattle are now pushing for a later school start time for their kids.


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