Help your children achieve at school
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- Michael Grose
The world has changed dramatically since you went to school. The pace of change is now so fast that what may have been in vogue just a few ago years ago is outmoded today.
Technology is one area that constantly changes and renews. It was only a few ago that CD’s replaced cassettes. Now I drive a car with an Ipod adapter but no CD player. CD’s are so 2009! Let’s not even talk about vinyl records..............
Modern education is no longer about preparing kids to get a job. As the world expects and rewards continuous learners today’s schools try their best to help kids see themselves as lifelong learners who are able to easily adapt to change.
Kids are natural copycats
As you well know, kids learn what they live. If you want your kids to value learning then you go first. Kids need to see that that their parents value learning, not just by giving learning lip service, but by embracing change and being active learners as well.
There are plenty of ways you can show kids that you are a constant learner. Challenging yourself in the kitchen; using new social media and researching holidays online are simple ways to show kids that you embrace change and that you are willing to learn new skills and knowledge.
Kids learn in different ways
It also helps to talk with kids about different ways of learning and different ways of being smart. The modern education scene is familiar with the concept of multiple intelligences and different ways of learning. It really helps if you know your preferred style and where you are smart, so you can help your kids to do the same. For instance, I’m a practical learner who learns best by doing rather than being shown. People give me instructions to work something technical, but I won’t learn it until I try it a few times. I also know that I do my best problem-solving when I’ve a pen in my hand or I’m in front of a keyboard.
My son, on the other hand, is a very different learner. He is very visual and loves to learn by using charts and other prompts. He’s also at his problem-solving best in a physical environment such as a kitchen or in the great outdoors. He does his most creative thinking when he’s on the move rather than in front of a keyboard. This sort of self-knowledge aids more effective learning.
Mistakes are part of learning
It also helps if you can reinforce to kids that mistakes are part of learning. In fact, most kids fail their way to success. That’s how they learned to walk, talk and play with each other. Your attitude to errors will impact on children’s view of themselves as learners. If you over-react when kids don’t get things right, then kids will in all likelihood, cease taking risks for fear of making mistakes. However, if you see mistakes as learning opportunities or simply the first step to getting things right, then kids will more likely develop a healthy attitude to learning, and realise that really effective learning takes time, effort and energy.
As parents we need to nurture questioning, curiosity and problem-solving in our kids so they hook into the concept of being continuous learners. The world we are preparing them for demands nothing less!
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