So your child is that smart, a high-riding, high IQ, straight A’s academic cowboy!
Cool that, but how’s that maturity thing going?
The peak age for absorbing new information is age 18. The peak age for assessing the emotional state of others is 40.
It makes sense, as our developmental years are for learning, testing, and expanding our bodies and mind and testing how they interact with the outer world. Our adult years are for organizing and evaluating ourselves within the larger world. (Here for How Intelligence Shifts With Age)
So perhaps we can measure our children a bit differently from ourselves?
Joy discusses how parents can be deeply involved in their child’s math learning. We use math and other school subjects all day long — how often do we use those concepts and tasks to help our children learn? Calendars, cooking utensils, house addresses… anything can be turned into a useful, effective math lesson for children, and not just young children. Continue reading →
Julian discusses his experiences in college in America from the perspective of a foreign, non-native English speaking student. It took dedication and courage to overcome his language barriers and, especially, as Julian discusses, to write 15-page essays and public speeches and presentations. Julian helps remind us about not taking anything for granted and the importance of dedication to one’s goals and never letting barriers or excuses get in our way. Continue reading →
Bromley discusses the essential process of feedback. Feedback is simple human interaction. And these interactions so define the teacher-student relationship. Students will benefit from understanding their role in this relationship. And teachers, too, need to maintain positive, effective interactions with students.
Feedback, being communicating teacher expectations and assessments, is a critical part of teaching and learning, and the more constant, comprehensive, and positive it is the better students will responds. By positive we don’t mean only good news: but bad news needs to be delivered in a constructive, positive manner that engages student improvement rather than cutting it down.
Bromley reviews strategies and ideas for teacher feedback and how students and parents can engage this process.
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