Do you have a child who struggles with organization or motivation in school? No? Well, aren’t you lucky. Blogger Andrea Reiser recently suggested 15 questions to ask your student as he or she heads back to school that might help tackle these issues:
1. What are you most excited about in the upcoming school year?
2. What are you least looking forward to?
3 What do you see as your biggest challenge?
4. Are there any non-academic issues that concern you about the upcoming year?
5. What are your academic goals for the year?
6. What are your personal goals for the year?
7. How can we help to support you in achieving your goals?
8. Is there one general theme you need/want to focus on?
9. What will you do differently from last year?
10. Is there anything in particular that will help motivate or focus you?
11. Do you want to make any changes to your study environment that may improve or enhance your study habits?
12. What are your biggest distractions and how can we help you manage them?
13. How are you planning to prioritize your schoolwork and activities and how can we be of help?
14. Is there anything we can do to help you get/stay organized?
15. What’s the best way for us to keep a pulse on your schoolwork?
We will be reporting in some depth on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s new, just-released strategic plan, but if you want to read the document in its entirety right away, it is available at svusdca.org/2013/08/svusd-strategic-plan-2013-2016.html...
LinkedIn is gaining in popularity among college students and recent graduates and now is aiming younger. The job-networking site recently dropped its minimum age from 18 to 14 “to allow teens to build their resumes and connect with colleges on the site.” More than 200 universities now have their own “University Pages” so that potential applicants can learn about their offerings. Access for teens will come with restrictions intended to preserve their privacy.
Just in time for back to school, Pinterest is setting aside a special spot for teachers to share creative classroom ideas, lesson plans and innovative classroom decor. My teenage daughter loves Pinterest for its craft and decorating ideas. Pinterest.com...
Congratulations to Gregory Papadin for winning the 2013 essay contest sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Republican Women Federated. Papadin graduated from Sonoma Valley High School last June and will be a freshman at San Diego State this fall. Papadin wrote about “What makes the United States a unique country?” (svrwf.us)
On Dragon Day, last Wednesday, the high school welcomed back all students with a rally and a special welcome day program for incoming freshman. Some events were captured on video by Peter Hansen’s video arts students. Watch here: https://vimeo.com/7293823.
A study focused on teaching boys found eight categories of instruction that were most successful with boys. They looked at the best practices in schools of varying size, both private and public, that enroll a wide range of boys of disparate races and income levels.