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Two more (of ten) lessons your children are learning in school, and the lessons they should be learning instead
- Apr 05, 2018
- Jared Wells
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Lesson 3: Careless errors are no big deal. When your student misses a question on a math test because of a “careless error” chances are that the teacher gives partial credit in recognition that the math concept was learned, even if the execution wasn’t quite there. Homework probably is not graded, merely checked for completeness, so there are no consequences for errors there. The lesson that this teaches is that it isn’t a big deal if execution isn’t at 100%. The Truth: Learning how to execute at 100% is probably a far more important lesson than whatever math concept the student is learning in pre-calculus. Attention to detail and having a quality of work you can be proud of are going to be vital for any profession from computer programmer to poet. But we need to help our sons and daughters not let let themselves off the hook for making “minor” errors and do the hard work of learning from the mistake and making changes that will avoid the mistake in the future. Lesson 4: Reading is boring Of all the books/stories that your child read for school last year, how many did he or she actually enjoy? My guess: zero or one. Since students have so many claims on their time (school, homework, sports, clubs, work, volunteering, family, etc) there isn’t a lot of time for reading for pleasure, so the vast majority of the reading they do is dictated by a teacher, and is understandably not likely to match up with their interests/passions. The Truth: It isn’t reading that is boring: it’s reading something someone else is telling you to read that is boring! Reading is simply a medium of information transfer. If the information is interesting, the reading will be interesting. Finding time for reading for pleasure is SO important because the experience of reading something enjoyable is qualitatively different. The level of engagement that students have with something they are interested is the level of engagement they need to have in the school reading, and it is vital that they experience that higher level of engagement. Finals are coming up soon for La Jolla High and Muirlands Middle...is your son or daughter ready? Call or email to schedule some time for class support or organizational/planning support today!
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