ACST Presentation


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ACST Presentation

  1. 1. Achieve Approaching toMeeting/Meeting to Exceeding in 10 Easy Steps Angela Patterson-Jones, MD, FAAP (Walter C. Jones, Esq.)
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5.  CONSISTENCY AND CONTINUITY BOTH PARENTS NEED TO BE INVOLVED COMMON SENSE OBJECTIVES Expect a small sacrifice of your time to generate a large reward.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 2) COMMUNICATION WITH TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS All the teachers should be included Language teachers Art PE Music Librarian Computer specialists Etc…………………………………….
  9. 9. COMMUNICATION (cont.) Do not wait for parent-teacher conferences. Do not wait for the teacher to contact you for a problem.
  10. 10. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 6) MAD MINUTES Prepare mad minutes  (for math) Administer MM’s prior to breakfast and dinner. Any subject Improves self-esteem Instant results
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. THANK YOU!!!!