10 key things that parents can do to help their children well at school
Everyone learns differently and students could develop their own plans on how to study for long hours effectively, and parents and teachers could help them develop their own learning methods. With starting of boards examination, what every parent should know is, it’s just exams, not the end of the world. The success of someone lies in what they chose to do with their resources, the actions they take, and not on the grades.
“Education is a team endeavor,” says teacher Carolyn Wakefield. “The teachers, parents, students and community are all members of this team. If one member is not involved, the student’s education will suffer.” Even if you’re already an involved and supportive parent, here are some ways to increase your child’s learning potential.
Have a talk with your child and try to understand his daily life at school. Ask him about his friends, who he likes talking to and the things that irk him. Good interpersonal relationship among friends and peers is a vital step to improving his learning environment.
Focus on learning not studying:
Children need to understand that learning is a life-long process and that a good learning outcome is more important than marks they score. If a child learns how to apply the concepts she’s learnt in real life, the learning objective is met.
Do not ‘take over’:
Children should be challenged in classrooms to think of new ideas and concepts and apply them in real life through projects and role plays. It is important that parents do not ‘take over’ the school projects to make their children ‘look good’. Buying ready-made projects is also a sure way to curb the learning process.
Remove barriers to learning:
Learning difficulties like dyslexia, developmental delays, behavioral and attention problems can affect a child’s academic performance. Early identification and intervention, like psychological assessment and occupational therapy are crucial to removing such barriers. Students also need periodical eye or ENT check up to determine problems in vision or hearing.
Improve home environment:
Parents need to be mindful about sorting their marital and family conflicts through healthy ways like counseling and not resort to arguing and shouting in front of their children.
Wean your children from electronic gadgets and TV and reduce their screen time. Encourage them to play outdoors as it will increase their self-esteem, self-awareness and social skills. These three qualities are very important for a child to learn and excel, utilizing his full potential. Encourage your child to find happiness in simpler pursuits and not by buying toys and gadgets to make him happy.
Choose the right school:
Classrooms should be a space for healthy discussions, debates and constructive learning. Teachers should be receptive to different ideas and encourage critical thinking in their students. Ensure you choose such a learning environment for your child rather than chasing after a school that advertises top scores.
Give them the right kind of motivation:
Think beyond giving ‘gifts’ or ‘rewards’ to your children if they study well. Many children have an innate fondness for a subject based on their aptitude and have the intrinsic motivation to learn. For other subjects, parents and teachers should learn to motivate their children. For example, even if a child has no desire to learn the laws of the Indian Constitution, they can still be motivated to learn by helping them understand its need and importance and how being aware of such laws will make them an empowered citizen.
Have clear learning objectives:
When children feel overwhelmed with lack of comprehension, having clear learning objectives and goals will help them relax and feel more focused.
Teach them relevance:
Many pre-teens and teens tend to ask “Why do I need to learn this?” Provide them clarity and tell them why it’s important for them to learn. If possible, teach them how they could apply the lesson in real life to motivate them to learn more.
Source: John Rampton