‘We have not really figured out how parents matter’, states Keith Robinson, co-author of ‘Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with child’s education’. Well hello! Perhaps the authors haven’t been reading my blog. But maybe they can be forgiven because Robinson also states that ‘Just because you think you should be … supporting your child’s education doesn’t mean that … your support… is effective’. Surely we know that too? Every parent who struggles to help kids with homework worries about how effective… Read More →
What do you think makes a good teacher? These are the responses I got from a group of parents in an elementary school. * Patience * Being a good listener * Good classroom management * A sense of humour * Creativity * Flexibility * A caring approach * Persistence Can you add to this list? I would like to share your thoughts when I talk to teachers. How does your chid’s teacher measure up?
It is only the end of March but already schools are thinking about next year – which kids are going to go where, which kids will pass the year with honours, who will need extra help. There is not a lot of time left to make sure that your child gets the Grades he or she is capable of getting and ends the year on a good note. If you have any concerns about your child’s education now is an… Read More →
Your child is either bright, average, or not so bright – and there is nothing that can be done about it! Totally untrue! It used to be thought that children were born with a certain level of intelligence and that level stayed the same for the rest of their lives. Children were condemned even before they had started learning! Remember the old IQ test? I even worked in a school which catered for children with an IQ of between 60… Read More →