How To Find the Best School Organizing Tool

How To Find the Best School Organizing Tool

How To Find the Best School Organizing Tool

How To Find the Best School Organizing Tool

By Dr. Catherine Rampell

Research consistently shows that many middle schools put too little energy into organizing and the parents are caught up in a never-ending cycle of wondering when they’ll find a solution to their child’s problems. In fact, middle schools with a focus on academic excellence can actually have a negative effect on an adolescent’s academic and social skills, according to a recent study.

Middle schools can be incredibly challenging environments, for all students. Starting young, we put a lot of pressure on young adolescents to become successful: to do well in school, work hard, and interact well with others. If we’re able to balance these obligations, our children are more likely to do well over time.

Students as young as fifth grade must attend school more than four hours a day, after gym or swimming classes. And where that class schedules include a luncheon and some well-meaning advice for the kids at lunch, there may be little opportunity for mentoring or pep talks.

By middle school, a teenager has probably made several choices that determine the path he or she will take in life. If we need to help the adolescent who is emotionally hurt, this can often mean working with him to make those choices. But what if we’re working with students who are at a crossroads between success and failure?

Luckily, psychologists, social scientists, and educators have thought through this challenge and developed a variety of ideas on how to help a young student improve his or her abilities and eventually be able to pursue a successful life.

Here are five tips from experts who are experts at this topic:

1. Initiate Student-Teacher Conversations – There is nothing more motivating than when a teacher truly cares about your child. It’s easy to be taken in by the person who asks you to bring a book or list your accomplishments, and then falls short when you do actually get to spend time together. Whether the teacher has also mastered the art of giving feedback that is also direct, to the child’s needs, is vital.

2. Get Them to Lead – Kids who receive this kind of guidance and are free to make decisions are far more likely to have a plan for the future. This can really start to get them thinking about school and future learning opportunities. Allowing them to take on leadership roles throughout the day can create a much better atmosphere for their peers and teachers.

3. Encourage Mentorship and Leadership Skills – Students who feel engaged and have the ability to lead can also be terrific role models for their peers. Recognizing this, parents should look for and support opportunities to have their children participate in local and regional nonprofit organizations. Having their children out in the community and being involved is a great way to get them to think about what they want to do after high school and how they can make a positive impact.

4. Encourage Positive Interactions – To build teamwork, look for opportunities for your child to do more than just help when needed. No child wants to be yelled at for performing poorly. Trusting, confiding, and listening skills can be greatly improved when friends genuinely need the support of a classmate. These children will have far more success when they work together.

5. Provide Enough Support and Time – Make it clear that you know your child has talents, hard work, and strong social skills, and need time and space to focus on their education. Allow your children to be responsible for most of their own transportation to and from school as well as homework.

By paying attention to a student’s strengths, and encouraging the appropriate activities for them to build those talents, you can help develop a child who’s ready to succeed in college, or when that next choice turns into his or her lifelong path.

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