Advice For A Graduate – “If You Want To Be More Than Average…YOU Have To Do What The Average Won’t Do”
By John Paul Engel
I stood there with a knot in my stomach. It was a feeling I had never experienced before. For the first time in my life I was all alone. These were my first moments of college life. All day my mother had tried to delay their departure. We had gone shopping and bought the items she thought every dorm room should have. As they said “Good bye” I could see the tear roll down her cheek. I felt the same way I just couldn’t show it.
It didn’t feel good to be alone so I proceeded to make the same mistake many college students make in their first semester. I went to every keg party, tailgate, and did everything I could to build my social circle. Making friends took priority over studying…then midterms came around and I had my reward….my grades were less than stellar…in fact, I was in danger of losing my scholarship. How would I explain it to my parents that I had failed? Read more
Every parent has felt the conflicting feelings that come up when their child dodges homework. It’s tempting to think our kids are lazy and disrespectful—but this is never true! When she was in school, Sara Lise Raff, educational consultant and former New York City public school teacher, felt the pain of disappointing and frustrating her parents and teachers. She had to live with being branded as “a child who did not live up to her potential.” Sara shares with Dr. Kari Miller the real reasons kids avoid homework and what parents can do about it. Be sure to check out this excellent show with creative and inspiring strategies that will truly empower you and your child!
We’ve all been there – many times – the HOMEWORK WARS. If you’re like me, you’ve lost more than one homework battle, and you’re looking for reinforcements. Tired of temper tantrums? Can’t understand why your child can’t find a pencil to write down the assignment? If you’ve come home exhausted from your day, only to argue with your child for two hours about homework, you’re looking for answers! Neil Haley, Director of Total Tutor in Pittsburgh shares his best tips and strategies in the areas of organization and study skills to give you and your child a stress-free and learning-filled journey through the Land Of Homework.
Some kids have trouble with reading comprehension. There can be many reasons they have difficulty, but one of the main causes of reading comprehension problems is that students do not create vivid images as they read.
In my educational therapy practice, I often listen to students read. Some students have difficulty with word recognition, but many do not. When your child has little or no difficulty sounding out the words in the passage, but still has comprehension difficulty, the problem may be that he or she is not skillful with visual imagery. And even if your child does have trouble sounding out words, he may still have difficulty with comprehension as well.
Researchers have noticed that students are not as adept at making pictures in their minds of the material they hear or read as they were years ago. Perhaps the explosion of visual images all around us has a lot to do with that. Kids are “fed” visual images from television, movies, magazines, and billboards. They may not be getting as much practice in generating their own images. Read more
When most people hear words such as “learning,” “smart,” or “memory,” they automatically think of the brain. In school, we teach “to the head” only, asking students to sit in chairs for long periods of time, listening and looking almost exclusively at abstract symbols, even when they are very young.
Very few people think the rest of the body has anything to do with academic success. But surprising results from brain research indicate that learning cannot occur without cooperation between the body and the brain.
Emotions and Stress
Because of the way the brain is wired, emotional states run our lives. Every activity in which your child engages is infused by his emotions. Emotions are constantly changing, and are easily influenced.
Emotions such as joy encourage brain cell development by releasing chemicals such as dopamine. When children are happy and calm, they learn and remember more than when they are anxious, tense or irritated. Your child’s brain releases dopamine in response to pleasurable circumstances such chocolate ice cream. But even more importantly, the brain releases dopamine in response to security, recognition, and success. Read more
Apply Brain Research – Raise a Successful Student
Techniques to share with parents, teachers and caregivers
There are about as many nerve cells in the brain as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The unique set of connections between neurons that each of us develops determines how we view the world, shapes our future experiences, and indeed, determines who we are. Successful students have developed rich, connected networks of neurons. Many factors encourage neurons to branch and communicate with each other. In this newsletter, our topic will be the vital role of movement in brain development.
In our quest to fathom intelligent behavior, we have failed to appreciate that learning does not occur strictly in the mind. Learning and creativity are a “whole body” phenomenon and cannot occur independently. We teach “to the head” only, asking students to sit in chairs for long periods of time, listening and looking almost exclusively at abstract symbols, even when they are very young. We don’t fully appreciate that the mind cannot excel without the support of the body. We don’t “get it” that we must move to learn.
Too often children and parents experience dissatisfaction and disillusionment in the educational process. Parents can feel frustrated in their efforts to help their child succeed. How can parents help their child be successful and find joy in learning? Parents can help their children thrive in school, and in life, by having realistic expectations of their children’s abilities and by helping them to develop independent work habits.
Leslie was helping her eight-year-old son, Ben, study for his weekly spelling test. Ben was fidgety, jumping out of his chair, running to the refrigerator for a snack. His mind was on anything and everything but learning spelling words. Leslie was losing patience. After all, she had other things to do tonight and she still needed to fix dinner. If only she could get Ben to take this seriously.