Exams and tests make up a large part of the final grade in every course.
To cope with this reality, students must learn efficient and effective exam study skills.
Creating study notes is a must for exam preparation.
Anyone who has a school-aged son has heard of the video game Fortnite. It’s the latest obsession among gamers.
As a mother of a teen boy, I witness first-hand how the game hooks boys’ attention.
In a quest to provide a safe and balanced life at home for my son, and to understand the greater effects of another video game that’s literally taken over, I contacted Dan Rooney to get his perspective.
The end of the school year is around the corner. Make sure you’re ready for it!
If you’re in high school, now is the time to get organized for exams and summative project due dates.
Make sure you’re on track with your courses.
If you’re smart, you’ll start preparing for your math exam on the first day of class.
What I mean is this: learn your math lessons as they are taught to you.
Don’t get behind, ever.
And if you’re struggling on a concept or skill, get some help, sooner than later.
Math is a “doing” subject. You learn it by doing it. Unlike English or History, for example, (which both involve great amounts of reading), you can master Mathematics simply by setting up and following regular, consistent study routines, from day one of class.
You’ll master it, and have little stress come exam week!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
We’ve all heard this question, dozens of times, since we were kindergarteners.
Some of us know, from day one, exactly what we want to do with our lives. And for others, it takes much longer to figure out.
Thinking about what you want to do with your life can be overwhelming! Don’t worry though – I’ve got some things for you to do while you figure it out!
Calling all procrastinators!
Here is the best tool to get you on track: the DAILY TO DO LIST.
Set up a daily time management ritual, and stick to it, and you will improve your success in school and life.
I’m going to bet you’ll see better marks, among various improvements, immediately!
Preparation is key to effective learning skills, and when you prepare well for anything in your life, you will accomplish more.
Do you have a teenager who has no interests or passions?
No real interests that is….
No interests other than gaming… (and getting to the next phase in the latest video game)…?
Or, no passions other than You Tube viewing… (and watching influencers chat non-stop about make up and hairstyle trends)…?
Getting to know one’s interests and passions is an important part of planning for life after high school.
Psychologist Angela Duckworth has found a secret to success — and how to get it.
She calls it GRIT.
This is something we need to teach our kids!
What is GRIT?!
In her research, Duckworth discovered that “no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction.”
These high achievers were special because of a combination of passion and perseverance.
Among educators, there’s lots of talk these days about twenty-first century skills, and the need to prepare our students for the changing workplace. You can read about the six “Cs” here on my blog.
Growth mindset is another big topic of conversation. It’s a simple idea that can make a big difference in young people (and old!)
Teaching and encouraging growth mindset in the classroom creates motivation and productivity, and this can spill over into all aspects of a person’s life.
Do you remember that muffled sound played on the Peanuts cartoon, whenever a nagging teacher or parent hassled Charlie Brown’s gang?
That’s what I think I sound like to my teenagers… when I remind them to do something… or worse, when I try to teach them something.
I’m an educator by profession — I work with kids for a living. In spite of my training and experience, however, my teenagers are better off learning some skills and lessons from someone else.
Our world is changing rapidly in many ways.
As a result, the workforce is different. Jobs we can’t even imagine are created every day.
As an educator, I feel it’s difficult to know how to prepare students for their futures! Teachers must foster relevant skills in the classroom: skills for the new world.
A teacher’s new mission is not only to prepare students for tomorrow, to be independent and self-sufficient; but also to be creative problem-solvers who are adaptable, working citizens of the world.
Here is a list of Michael Fullan’s 21st century skills — the 6 C’s — key life skills today’s students need for their world: