The Breakthroughs in Learning Blog
This month our focus is on getting early access to help or interventions. Far too often we see children, and even adults, who have struggled for years before getting help. Our goal is that by getting children help sooner, we can limit the emotional toll, stop developing behavior issues, and prevent negative attitudes toward school. It’s tough to get excited about going to school when school leaves you feeling like a failure.
One of the questions we hear on a regular basis is "How do I know if my child needs help?" Today we are going to start answering that question for the early years. Over the next few weeks we will specifically look at older children as well. When looking at children in the Preschool and Junior Kindergarten level, these are some of the areas that could raise concern:
This month's focus is on Homework: The Great Debate! If we conducted a survey asking teachers, parents and students the pros and cons of homework, I'm sure the answers would vary greatly, even within each group. I've been involved in the field of education for over 40 years. During that time I've watched philosophical cycles come and go. At this point in history homework is fairly common even in the early grades!
Last week we talked about listening comprehension and the impact it has on schoolwork, homework and daily life as part of our series on homework avoidance. Today we will look at memory and how it can lead to homework avoidance.
Do your child’s eyes get glazed over when you’re talking to them? Do they have a hard time following through on instructions you’ve given them? When it comes time to do their homework, are they confused about what they’re supposed to do? Has their teacher commented that they often don’t get started on an assignment but just sit at their desk? All of these may be symptoms of poor listening comprehension.
How often have you heard these words when homework time rolls around? This month, we’re talking about homework and why children often try to avoid it. Check out our other blogs on homework avoidance and other reasons children dodge homework. The underlying cause for homework avoidance I want to share with you today is: lack of success at school. Spending more time facing that failure is not very motivational.
I recently read some updated lyrics of the classic song, Auld Lang Syne. In spite of hearing the traditional New Year's Eve anthem for decades, I had never really known the song's message. After reading it again I realized it refers to looking at times gone by as well as anticipating the times that are ahead. I found this version both easy to read and comforting. We are all celebrating the coming of this New Year. May we all be in unity as we anticipate the great things that 2013 will bring.
Short Term Memory is perhaps one of our most important cognitive skills, directly impacting not only our learning, but our everyday life.
Short Term Memory is the gate through which all of our experiences filter. Many children struggling at school have poor short term memory which leaves them unsure of what the instructions were for the assignment they’re staring at and unable to start. Imagine training a new employee with poor short term memory! As much information as you pour into them, most of that information is leaking out.