Achieve Approaching toMeeting/Meeting to Exceeding in 10 Easy Steps Angela Patterson-Jones, MD, FAAP (Walter C. Jones, Esq.)
FACTS There is no “ school auto-pilot” Dropping off the check to pay tuition is not enough Children will want do better/well, but the reason for succeeding has to be targeted. Children should be self-motivated..not for anyone or anything else but themselves. Must redirect….I will be proud of you for doing a job you feel is your best, don’t try to please me.
Relationship dynamics(The child, the parent, the teacher) Each child is different and unique..know your child, their limitations, and respect your child’s relationship with you. Each parent is different and unique..know yourself , your limitations, respect your relationship with you. Each teacher is different and unique….know his/her limitiations, learn and respect the relationship between yourself, your child and the teacher
Parents oversimplify what it may take to succeed until it is too late. Cannot put all of the responsibility on the child.. Don’t emphasize the grade, emphasize the effort.
CONSISTENCY AND CONTINUITY BOTH PARENTS NEED TO BE INVOLVED COMMON SENSE OBJECTIVES Expect a small sacrifice of your time to generate a large reward.
TOOLS FOR SUCCESS Love for your child Desire and willingness to assist the child Minimum of 15 minutes a day Dry eraser board Computer capabilities “Kid cave” Two arms
1) INVEST IN THE 15 Invest in your child the 15 Minimum 15 minutes a day PER CHILD Children enjoy the one on one attention Should be stress-free NO interruptions
2) COMMUNICATION WITH TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS All the teachers should be included Language teachers Art PE Music Librarian Computer specialists Etc…………………………………….
COMMUNICATION (cont.) Do not wait for parent-teacher conferences. Do not wait for the teacher to contact you for a problem.
COMMUNICATION (Cont.) Find out why child is not achieving Make sure the CHILD knows you are checking up on him/her. Take a day/a couple of hours to actually sit in on a class. Take advantage of the open door policy
3) TALK TO YOUR CHILD Probe child about the events of the day Find out what has happened…on the playground, in class, in the cafeteria, on the bus…. Daily events, silly as they may seem, may have an impact on your child’s education. Dinner time, most important time of the day
4) HOMEWORK & TESTS Know what homework your child has everynight Make sure your child DOES his/her homework Check your child’s homework, ask questions about the homework. How to correct the homework and correct the child Make sure you get back the test and have the teacher and yourself go over what was wrong and make sure it is learned. Retest the child yourself. Make a copy of the test when returned
5) STUDYING You must begin to teach children HOW to start studying at a young age Know the child, know the habits Need to form habits and skills which will be valuable to them for the present and the future. Building up on those skills Teach them to do SIMPLE organization and prioritization
6) MAD MINUTES Prepare mad minutes www.madpractice.com (for math) Administer MM’s prior to breakfast and dinner. Any subject Improves self-esteem Instant results
7) EXTRA HOMEWORK Request that the teacher (in any subject) give you suggestions or actual material to do over the weekend. Just about 15 minutes…nothing crazy Check the newsletters or weekly agenda to anticipate what your child is learning.
8) PARENT BUDDY Have a parent friend as your consultant Confirm daily with a parent when tests and special homework, projects are due Sounding board
9) MY CHILD………. Learn your child’s ways and habits KIDS LEARN IN DIFFERENT WAYS Utilizing the computer Obtain resources that best suit your child’s needs Using a dry eraser board Have a study area for the child
10) CONTINUE WITH: Set a weekly update from teacher on child’s progress Make a plan if child becomes “stuck” Try to keep all steps on a positive note Not the grades, the encouragement, motivation, tenacity and desire to just do the best.
11-15 EXCEED IN EXCEEDING 11) Request your child’s MAP scores at the beginning, re-evaluate after 1st semester, compare with end of year. 12) SUPPLEMENT your child’s education in whatever subject YOU feel he/she is not getting needs met. 13) Request remedial or accelerated help when you (or the teacher) feel it is warranted. 14)Utilize technology…ebooks, computers, etc. 15) You and only you are your child’s greatest advocate.