Helping Children Succeed in School - What Works Best?
By Andrew Loh
As soon as the summer is over, it time again for your children to go to
school and attend classes for another year. The hangover of summer
holidays is sure to haunt children for sometime before they devote their
time again for classroom studies, tests and good grades. With the
opening of new academic year, children brace themselves for another
round of lessons, tests, exams and results. With the onset of new
academic year, children will also need to work hard and show their
abilities and academic performance. Ensuring children's academic success
in schools becomes a top priority for every parent. They may need to
work hard along with their children to perform well in the classroom.
Sure enough, every parent also wants their children perform better in
their classes. Parents also hope for a wonderful academic year for their
children. Ensuring success in school is a dedicated partnership between
the parents and their children. Classroom success starts right in
children's home. Home is where children get their support for classroom
success. Home is like a warm shell where children work together with
their parents to master whatever they learn in the classroom.
Classroom or school success depends on several factors some of which are
external, while others are internal. Changing or altering internal
parameters may look difficult although with persistent efforts it is
still possible to make children cover up their deficiencies. Some of the
internal factors that affect school success are as follow:
Genetic and hereditary factors those are difficult to change. By birth,
some children are average in their scholastic abilities. It is very
difficult to reverse their trait as it is already acquired by some
Illnesses or deficiencies related to mental growth and
brain development. This is also a difficult trait that is difficult to
transform or change.
Lack of will power, dedication, negative
mindset and inferiority complex are some of the most negative factors
that can pull down children and their classroom performance.
On the other hand, some of the external factors that affect children's
classroom performance are as follow:
Non-cooperative attitude of parents. Though most of the parents show
a keen interest in supporting their children towards classroom success,
some parents may not be able to support their children in their homes,
especially in helping their children to do home or project work.
Non-cooperation from teachers and classroom staff could be the other reason for
failure to achieve classroom success. Parents may need to visit teachers
from time to time to keep a watch on their children's classroom
Failure to use proper study methods and techniques.
In many cases, these factors assume importance, because success in school
depends on many other factors that relate to techniques and methods of
study and research.
The most important key to school success comes simply from parents
talking and listening to their children, their needs and requirements.
Children will develop an interest and keenness to perform better in
their classroom, when parents show an interest in what their children
have to say and express. Expressing ideas is a very good way for your
children to perform better in their classroom. When parents help their
children express their mind, they will assisting them to open up their
mind in the classroom.
The importance of positive reinforcement
Positive reinforcement works like a magic portion for your children. The
surefire way to ensure classroom success is to make your children
positive and hopeful. Your children need reassurance about their
abilities to perform better in the classroom. Positive words and
encouraging environment within the four walls of the home will urge your
children to study hard and score better marks. A positively lit mind can
achieve many things that are difficult to imagine and believe. Make it a
point to reinforce positivity in your children.
Examples of positive keywords:
Talk to your children and do it everyday
Talking on a consistent basis will provide your children a gateway to
vent their feelings, anger, displeasure, happiness, sadness, fears,
dreams, aspirations, worries and goals. Parents who listen to their
children, will give an opportunity for them to express their intelligence
and talent, without thinking about being right or wrong as in the case of
a typical classroom. Ask open ended questions that lead to answers. Make
sure that you are drawing your children out to know what is in their
minds. Seek and ask for imaginative and speculative answers that give an
insight on your children's abilities.
Help your children hone their memory power
When you challenge your children to give detailed answers and
expressions, you are deliberatively helping them develop sharp memory
skills. It will also help your children the skills of better
communication and conversation. Your children will also develop problem
solving skills that are so essential for school success. According to
Oakes and Lipton (academic experts), “exploration, discovery and play
are the work of the child scientists.” These abilities can come only
when they develop the essential skills of imagination and exploration.
Accept your children's limitations
Not all children are created equal. Some children are extremely sharp in
their studies, while others are not so good. However, some children could
be very talented and skilled in other activities like sports, arts,
panting, writing or even music. Accept your children's limitations and
work on their talents instead. Nurture those talents and skills that
come naturally to your children. Pay attention to what your children
like and perform better.
Once you know and understand your children's mind, you can then use some
time-tested and well-known methods and ways that can help them perform
better in their school. Continue to read
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