I went to a Boys Town training earlier this month and started putting some of the strategies into comics to better remember them. Here is one of the comics, entitled “Guided Self-Correction.” I highly recommend the training, and have seen great improvement when I use them.
Kids today are busier than ever, right? Busier than when they used to do chores on the farm, take care of siblings, cook from scratch over a stove, hand-wash the dishes, make their own clothing, hand-wash and line-dry their clothes, walk to and from school seven miles in the snow…wait, modern convenience eliminated most of these responsibilities. So what are they actually doing with their time? Here’s my guess. Yet, they still don’t have time for homework. Sad.
Studies generally indicate that parent involvement in a child’s schoolwork is a factor which usually helps the child to be successful. Sometimes, though, parents can be a bit too involved. I have sometimes wondered if certain children had any input into their homework at all when their parents “help” them. Like when you get a brilliant project laminated in full color completed on the computer and when you take your students to the computer lab, the student has forgotten how to log onto the computer at all. Just like a soap opera when a main character has had an accident and suffered from “amnesia…” Of course parents should help their children. Parents should not, however, do the homework for them. As a parent, I know that the line between “helping” and “doing the whole thing yourself because it’s too hard to explain it and my kid just doesn’t get it at all” is thin, but we must let our children learn their lessons in life!