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180 Day School Year What’s Your ‘Xcuse.

June 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Education, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mine worker can become the
head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a nation.” Nelson Mandela

The school year is 180 days of educational growth, instruction, maturity, engagement and the realization that all students are valuable. 180 days of parent and teacher team work and collaboration to build successful students. The profession of education is not just 180 days for teachers nor for students: it expands across weeks and months. Professional educators and administrators understand that the process of teaching is built on a foundation that uses accumulated data from formative and summative assessments throughout the school year.

These assessments measure, track, gauge and create a trail of data that shows learning is progressive and representative of the abilities of students to grow and excel academically.

AYP – Annual Yearly Progress is important because it justifiably shows that children are learning or if there are challenges that need to be addressed with tutoring or specialized assessment.

Parents should ask to see their child’s test scores to understand how their children are progressing through the school year.

Communication is very important for the success of the student. All parents should have a parent teacher conference several times ablackparents-and-child-homework year to make sure they are sure they understand their children’s learning progress.

A parent’s personal educational level is an important predictor of children’s educational and behavioral outcomes. If a parent loves learning their children will model their parents. Parents must not wait for the start of the school year to encourage learning, it must be every day.

A parent can set the foundation of a child’s future by their emphasis on the value of learning and importance they place on reading, literacy and comprehension.

Stated on “The Role of Parents” “we (parents) are our children’s learning models.

Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.” What more important role can a parent play than “teaching” their children to love learning?

Another school year is over and parents know if their children will be promoted or retained.

180 day school year and every parent should know before the end of the school year their child’s academic status. There is no Xcuse why parents do not know.

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” Confucius

These tips are a guide to help parents, help their children embrace learning. To love learning and build a culture in their homes for learning. Parents need to be involved in their child’s learning 365…

1. Parents be a role model for learning.
Parents are their children’s first teacher. A parents responsibility both moral and ethical is to show how school can extend the learning began together at home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be.

2. Parents pay attention to what your child loves.
Find out what your child’s interests are and build on them. This will show the parent how their child enjoys learning. Their learning style.

3. Parents learn how your child learns.
hildren use a combination of modalities to learn: visually, tactile, and auditory and a combination of each. Parents learn how your child learns so you can meet their learning styles.

4. Parents set aside time to read.
Parents read aloud regularly even to your older kids and allow them to read to you. Reading early creates a platform to share literacy and creates higher levels of comprehension if what is read is discussed. Start a reading club in your home, community and even in your child’s school and your church.

5. Parents connect what your child learns to everyday life.
Allow learning to reflect real life situations. Whether shopping, traveling, and exploring your world of learning can come along as being fun. The skills of mathematics, reading, social studies and even science can be discovered and exercised.

6. Parents help your child take charge of their learning.
Parents help your child have ownership of their learning. Allow them time to choose what they want to read and how they want to learn. Use available resources like the library and museums. Allow children to celebrate successes and learn from failures.

7. Parents keep TV, Technology and Social Media to a minimum.
These interactive entertainment sources can be distractions and hindrances to learning.

Watching too much TV diminishes creativity, imagination and learning exploration depending on the programming and theme of what you are watching. Use toys, books and even crafts to create a learning center instead of TV and Technology.

8. Parents learn something new yourself.
Parents if you share your love for learning your children will love to learn. Demonstrate your willingness to learn new things and even if you struggle this is good for growth. Showing how to overcome adversity and learning challenges.

180 Days School Year; What’s Your ‘Xcuse is important to take advantage of each day for your children. You can never get the day or that opportunity back. 180 day school year to gain the knowledge you need to be promoted each year. There should be no excuses to learning or the desire to better yourself through education.

Staff Writer; William D. Jackson

Find out more about this talented writer over at; OCS For Education.

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