This week, I was able to meet with students in reading and math interventions and talk to them about goal setting and how they might improve themselves. We also talked about making the best of it! The students and I talked about how they can help their brains grow and change by using good strategies, such as reading and asking themselves questions as they read. They also help their brains grow when they get help from others and advocate for themselves with their parents and teachers. A big part of making the best of it and helping your brain grow is working hard!
Spend some time this week by telling your child about a time you needed help from someone else to learn something new. Ask your child to tell you about something he or she is working hard to learn and how you can help.
Change is hard for almost anyone, adults and children alike. Children are often surprised when it becomes apparent that their own identities and those of their friends change over time. A kid who once loved superheroes now loves Harry potter but will eventually identify most as a basketball player. Another child who identified as a skateboarder and badminton player eventually identifies as a science lover and book worm. Children change!
Help your child reflect on personal identity by asking the question “Who am I?” Your child will learn that people’s identities change over time and that adolescence is a period when people typically explore questions about who they are. Ask each member of the family to answer the question “Who am I?” Follow up by asking which are the most important aspects of each person’s identity and why.
Berkots has the unexpected opportunity to host the filming of a pilot for HBO on the original night for Math night. So we are changing the date. Please register!!!!
One of the lessons we have been trying to teach students this year is that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding is that they can strengthen their brains can help them achieve more in school and in life. We know intelligence is malleable and not set in stone!
Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year. This conversation with your child will help reinforce the idea that everyone has to learn new things! And remember to keep it positive.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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