Time and time again, research has proven how detrimental a purely academic-based approach to a classroom can be. Such a narrow focus on the many aspects of a child’s life can result in not properly addressing or recognizing issues that can appear in the other aspects of his or her life. In order to have well-rounded students a classroom, students should be given well-rounded curriculum, not only through teachers, but through their communities and families.
It is a well-known and often-experienced pattern: as students become more successful they receive more praise, but they also receive more responsibility and higher expectations. While not necessarily a bad thing in itself, these newly-added expectations can become somewhat overwhelming and unachievable to students who were previously enjoying success. In the business world, this is oftentimes called the "Ceiling of Complexity."
Coined by entrepreneur Dan Sullivan, the "Ceiling of Complexity" is the idea that every project you complete creates has a snowball effect of creating residual responsibilities and expectations. This residual may be small, but it’s always there. Over time, this residual effect builds up and adds complexity to our everyday lives. Eventually it forms a ceiling, which limits further progress until you do something to break through the ceiling and reach a new state of simplicity.
Students are very likely to experience this at an academic level. Successful students may find that their new responsibilities and expectations weigh them down to a point that they become unhappy with their success. They start to focus more on the pressing demands and lose sight of the larger picture, which causes more frustration and discontent. Their progress is halted, and they are unable to
The lives of most American students leave little room for things deemed unimportant. Hectic, fast-paced, and competitive, the American workplace lifestyle has obviously trickled down into the American public education system. A student will spend an average of 35 hours a week in school, and that, combined, with homework and other extracurricular activities such as sports or clubs, makes an education rather similar to a full-time job, minus the paycheck at the end of the month (Grime).
It is little wonder, then, why so many students struggle academically to keep up with the demands on their time and attention. As the students grow, their ways of processing things psychologically and emotionally are continually changing, creating an even more hectic school experience for them. This can, and oftentimes does, lead to frustration for students as well as lower grades and performance in school.
However, studies have proven time and again that a way to mitigate these frustrations is through organizational-based learning. Routines and planning can help alleviate a child’s stress when it comes to school courses and homework. Effective time management, planning, and regular decluttering of backpacks, locker, binders, or any other place where school work might be kept can all be effective steps to helping students achieve higher grades (Debbie).
Executive skills classes and trainings are also a means of helping and assisting students in acquiring
Old school? Formative assessment on paper. Although that can be easy to have your kids do a quiz on paper, who wants to lug a bunch of paper quizzes and grade them all? I'm all for assessing students, not for grading hundreds of answers after school! Let's look at how to work smarter, not harder, when giving formative assessments to your students!
Ditch grading, get immediate results and see who understands which standards you are teaching with one of these three formative Assessment tools: Nearpod, Quizlet and Plickers.
As technology in the 21st century advances, it becomes more and more integrated and runs through nearly all aspects of daily life. Nowhere is this more true than in the classroom. Classrooms are continually being updated; from chalkboards to whiteboards and from bulky overhead projectors that required endless amounts of converted pages to display to small projectors conveniently mounted and connected to computers, classrooms have experienced considerable steps forward as far as teaching efficiency is concerned.
Multiple aspects of teaching and learning in a classroom setting are becoming digitalized, and the trend and popularity of classroom blogs and pages is just one example. Putting all material related to a class and students in one convenient spot that is accessible at all hours (online) is an extremely practical way of ensuring that students have access to learning materials, course syllabi, announcements regarding school or class deadlines or important dates, outside or extra material useful to students, other media, etc. This can be an important point for educators, as it is an opportunity for parents also to be able to view all materials relating to their child’s classroom.
With a classroom blog students also have the opportunity to contribute and participate in a myriad of ways. Sharing ideas, external links and resources, and other relevant topics and ideas will encourage students to be more participatory and engaged in their own learning. The technological aspect of it makes it easier than ever for students to feel more involved in their classroom. Not only this, but blogging and encouraging students to be involved in a classroom blog further develops literary skills.
Said online learning specialist Stephen Downs:“Blogging is about, first, reading. But more important, it is about reading what is of interest to you: your culture, your community, your ideas. And it is about engaging with the content and with the authors of what you have read—reflecting, criticizing, questioning, reacting.”
Blogging allows students an opportunity to care about their curriculum, to become involved in their own learning, and to actively participate where otherwise they might have been able to. Creating a classroom blog is a relatively easy process and can be the means of engaging and changing students. The following is a small list of platforms that are used for classroom blogs, though the list is by no means comprehensive.
Downs, Stephen. "Educational Blogging." Educause September/October 2004 (2004). PDF File.
Hedge, Stephanie. "Teaching with Blogs." Inside Higher Ed. 15 Jan. 2013. Web.
"The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching." Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Web.
How many times have you bugged your teen to do homework with little or no avail? Getting homework finished AND handed in with a timely manner seems to be the biggest challenge for parents.
The suggestion from Academic Success? Put a timer on your student! Give your student 30 to 45 minutes when they get home from school to run, play, read a book or take a hike or walk the dog. activities can include any kinesthetic activity. the activity cannot include watching TV, playing video games or using the computer. They should also eat a good, high protein snack such as yogurt, cheese, lunchmeat or eggs. Avoid sugary snacks such as sugary cereals, candy and soda. Also avoid pre-packaged foods that can contain high amounts of salt and fat with little nutrition.
Can't find the right snack? Have your kiddo come with you once a week to shop for their own snacks. You set the parameters and they can pick out foods that lie within the limits you've set. Now they have a good snack which will fuel them through the rest of the afternoon and you have peace of mind that what they are eating isn't going to cause the next teen meltdown!
Lynn is a full time teacher, founder and chief academic officer at academic success. Learn more about Lynn here in her Linked In Profile