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We participated in Wings Over Water this year at Blaine Middle School on March 16th. It’s a great, free community event the City of Blaine sponsors and it’s the second year we’ve participated.
This year there was a lot of crafts for kids including birdhouses, bird feeders, masks and buttons, plus visits from raptors from Sardis Raptor Center. Locals vendors also participated and offered hand crafted jewelry, knit goods and photography prints. If you wanted to learn more about local birds, there were several opportunities including presentations and field trips.
We sponsored a high school & middle school visual display contest this year. We offered great prizes including an Amazon Kindle Fire for the high school winner and a season pass to the Birch Bay Waterslides. BIG congratulations to both our winners for their great posters!
As if high school seniors needed one more thing to be worried about, they get to look forward to the “end of course exams” or EOCs and the “high school proficiency exams” or HSPEs. According to the Office of the Superintendent, EOC’s “measure the knowledge of students in algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2 and biology when they complete each course. They serve as the state’s exit exams for math and science. “ The HSPEs are “comprehensive exams that measure the basic proficiency of high school students in reading and writing, and serve as the state’s exit exams in those subjects. ”
Seniors must pass one HSPE in reading and one in writing in order to graduate. Senior classes of 2013 & 2014 need only pass 1 of the math exams in order to graduate. Beginning with the class of 2015, these seniors will need to pass the algebra 1, geometry AND the biology EOC in order to graduate.
So what can you do as a parent to help your son or daughter out with preparing for these exams? One solution we can provide is to offer tutoring sessions. Your child may not even be behind in school, but can benefit from the confidence boost as a result from working with a tutor. I want to elaborate on this in a later post, but we refer to these types of sessions as academic coaching. Much like a professional athlete uses a coach, our tutors can provide your child with real-life skills such stress management, organization and test preparation skills. These skills will be a benefit now and will stick with your child into college and beyond.
Every student has a bad report card at least once in their academic careers. As the mid-term exams approach, dealing effectively with a bad report card is a great way to ensure a better grade in the final exams. Being pragmatic and practical is a better approach to bad report cards so that you and your student can move to a more positive and effective study methodology.
Get the whole picture
It’s important to understand the whole picture before working on a strategy that will improve grades in the future. Ask your student to explain what circumstances led to their drop in grades. Social or emotional factors that you may not be aware of can have a huge impact on your student’s performance. If they are not willing to communicate, try a more congenial tone and ask questions that are more specific. For example; if your student’s only response is “I don’t know,” ensure that you are not angry or emotional. If you are, take a break and revisit the subject when you feel more relaxed. Instead of asking; “Why is your math grade so low?” ask more direct questions like; “What parts of the curriculum did you not understand?”
Once you have established what the underlying causes are of the lower grades, ask your student what they think can be done to remedy the situation. Really listening to them and involving them in all aspects and decisions will make them feel part of the process and is more likely to meet with cooperation than solutions that are imposed.
Talk to your teachers
Ask the teacher about your student’s performance if your student is earning below a ‘B’. Ask if they have turned in their assignment on time, if there are social issues you need to be aware of and whether your student has been applying themselves in class. Your teachers are there to help and they often have insights that could be vital to your student’s development. Ask your teacher to identify the root of the problem and suggest possible solutions. Together you, your student and the teacher can discuss strategies for improving grades.
Get an in-home tutor
If your student is struggling in a specific subject, it may be time to get a tutor. In-home tutors offer one-on-one tutoring that really helps to improve grades. Knowledge is a structure and if your student is missing some of the basic building blocks, no amount of studying will improve their understanding. A tutor can go back and find the gaps in their knowledge and fill them in. Working in-home also gives your student the confidence they need to succeed.
Set realistic expectations for your student’s grades and don’t put them under so much stress that they experience anxiety or neglect their social lives. Try to strike a balance between studies and social development. Talk to your students and really listen to what they have to say. Remember that students are growing and developing and they are bound to perform differently as they have their ups and downs; stay positive and supportive. Contact us today if you would like to discuss one-on-one tutoring options for your family!
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