Monday, January 24, 2011

What Teachers Wish You Knew--A Parent's Practical Guide for Helping a Child Suceed in School (Part 1)

2011 Women's Conference
Presenters: Kedra Patterson and Cheri Weaver

* Cheri and Kedra – 70 (Phew!) years combined teaching experience
* Input from Cheri and Kedra’s teaching colleagues
* Spiritual Guidance

“A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth” by President Gordon B. Hinckley
New Era, Jan. 2001, pg. 4
Be grateful.
Be smart.
Be clean.
Be true.
Be humble.
Be prayerful.

“You need all the education you can get…You have a mandate from the Lord to educate your minds and your hearts and your hands. The Lord has said,
‘Teach ye diligently…of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—that ye may be prepared in all things.” (D&C 88:78-80)
Mind you, these are not my words. These are the words of the Lord who loves you. He wants you to train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your own lives.”

* Brain Research/ Child Studies
Jay Giedd – Neuroscientist (National Institute of Mental Health)

“[The] thinking part of the brain continues to thicken throughout childhood as the brain cells get extra connections, much like a tree growing extra braches, twigs, and roots.”
“[T]he exuberant growth during the pre-puberty years gives the brain enormous potential. The capacity to be skilled in many different areas is building up during those times.”

“…much of our research is focusing on trying to understand what influences or guides the building-up stage when the gray matter is growing extra branches and connections and what guides the thinning or pruning phase when the excess connections are eliminated.”

“[T]he pruning-down phase is perhaps even more interesting because our leading hypothesis for that is the ‘Use it or lose it’ principle. Those cells and connections that are used will survive and flourish. Those cells and connections that are not used will wither and die.”

“I think that [in the teen years this] part of the brain that is helping organization, planning and strategizing is not done being built yet…”

“…throughout childhood and even the teen years there’s enormous capacity for change.”

“…with all the science and all the advances the best advice we can give is things that our grandmother could have told us generations ago: to spend loving, quality time with our children…”

NYU Child Study Center – Newsletter April 2006
“Children are variable in how well they manage their materials, books, and assignments; how well they meet deadlines and prepare for tests; and how well they plan their actions to reach their academic goals. When children have problems in these areas, our research suggests lowered productivity, lessened ability to pay attention, and greater family conflict over school work. For some children, we know that the problem of keeping track of assignments is the single biggest reason why they are doing poorly in school, even if they are quite bright.”

Help your child create a way to store and transport papers…Review assignments with your child…Create a consistent place for your child to complete homework…Have your child pack everything away when homework is complete…Help your child find a specific time to study…

Interesting Ties to the Past – Peter the Hermit (1083)
"The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are Impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for girls, they are forward, immodest and unwomanly in speech, behavior and dress."