Positive Involvement is designed to convince parents that they need to be involved in their child's learning and it is written to show them how to be both positive and effective in that involvement. As one reviewer wrote, 'The basic premise of the book is that school success is based on and should be measured by the child's own hard work. Helping a child learn the habit of work is key to doing well in school... and in life.' The book addresses how to gain a vision of what the parent wants for the child from the school experience; how to effectively encourage the child's efforts by making homework/learning a habit; how to master and use study tools that work.
Children are not that different from adults. They want clear and realistic goals, expectations for their futures, and systems that will allow them to arrive at those goals feeling fulfilled and stronger. They also want a voice in setting those goals and expectations for their futures. When children go to a
We parents want our children to grow into happy adults—but the trouble is sometimes we feel as though our children’s personalities are already more or less set in genetic stone. The good news is that we actually do have a lot of influence. Parenting practices have a tremendous effect on children’s
One day, third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to fill-in-the-blank in this sentence: “I wish my teacher knew _____.” The results astounded her. Some answers were humorous, others were heartbreaking-all were profoundly moving and enlightening. The results opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the unique realities
Waldorf education aims at enabling students as fully as possible to choose and to realize their individual path through life as adults, and stresses to teachers that the best way to provide meaningful support for the child is to fully comprehend the phases of child development and to bring “age-appropriate” content
This book is filled with the magic, the successes, the heartbreaks, the mistakes, and the triumphs that are the Ron Clark Academy. These are the 101 most successful strategies we have used to help uplift our children and enliven our classrooms. My hope is that you will find ideas here that
Life today can be complex, distracting, fast moving, 24-7, and stressful. It is also joyful and full of exciting possibilities. We know that if it is this way for us, it is only going to be more so for our children. We all want the best for our children, but how
There is today a widespread, deeply unsettling sense that children are changing in ways that tell us about ourselves as a society. And these changes are reflected not just in the violent extremes of teenage behavior but in the everyday speech and actions of younger children as well. Children with the most
There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your smart but scattered 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have
When students like a subject and feel that they are “good” at it, they’re more likely to work and more likely to do well.
When you try to get your children into the habit of doing homework, you’ll find out how important their feelings are.
To make homework a priority for children, parents can help by limiting the number of concerns they raise.
The parents’ task is to lead children to doing daily schoolwork so that working becomes a habit, not a choice.
You don’t want to focus on results, or grades. You want to focus on children’s making efforts, just as they did in walking and talking.