Keeping your child or student from falling behind
This is an article I wrote for school as part of my internship in the English department. I was looking up information on education and education reform and found a gem of a video that I decided to build from.
“For education majors and parents, here’s a great TEDTalks video on the state of our educational system and things that can improve it and the experience for your students or children.
Towards the end, the speaker talks about parents and teachers working to find what works with their children and class. Whether it’s flashcards; algebra blocks, like the speaker used; Bill Nye and the Magic School Bus; or even Jeopardy (I know many of us remember playing that in school), one MUST experiment to help the child succeed. Because of our system, until it’s fixed, will not help every student understand the material, this is the only way to ensure every child makes it.
Personal experience has taught me how to get through my homework and study every day. Growing up with ADHD and Aspergers made school an uphill battle, and I’m thankful that my parents were willing to take extra time out of their day to help me. I learned my ABCs with flashcards and a small broom on the kitchen floor, multiplication with MnM Minis (obviously a favorite), ran laps around the house between a clump of problems or questions, and my mom covering the whole page of homework, minus the row of math problems I would be working through to help me focus without feeling the pressure of a page of thirty math problems.*
Another thing that can help is finding a subject they love and excel at and relating it to the subject they’re struggling with. I explained the history of English to my mom the other day, using natural selection and evolution.
It is little tricks like these that can make the difference in a child’s experience in their education; a few extra minutes of your time every day can be the key to that child doing well.
Find what works for your child or student and don’t fret if it takes a week or so of experimentation to find what works for them. Do what it takes and make the effort, the reward is seeing that child excited and their face lighting up when they finally understand; the ah-ha moment is what you should strive for.
*I have a horde of tricks for school that I learned growing up and if you want ideas, don’t hesitate to ask because I love sharing the games and activities that helped at home.”