Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Teacher Tip #1

A wonderful thing happened this week that I am so happy about, I had to share it. This is the first of what I hope to be a number of "Teacher Tips" that will be helpful to parents. If you have a question I could answer for Teacher Tips, let me know!

One of Charlie's teachers was kind enough to give me a copy of the notes given in class, so that I could help him study for a test. Charlie doesn't like to take notes, and will instead draw while he teacher talks, which frustrates his teacher, so I was thrilled for the copy. Here's a pic of part of the notes: Anyway, I put the notes in front of Charlie and asked him to "study" them so that I could then quiz him. Minutes later, Charlie was still staring at the paper, but not reading it. Suddenly, I had a brainstorm; I asked Charlie to draw the notes, instead. All I did was write "Energy" in the middle of two circles, and he took off with it! Here's a pic of Charlie's new notes:The point of this Teacher Tip is that while some kids (and adults) learn just fine from line-by-line notes, others find much more meaning in graphic organizers that present notes in a more visual/spacial way. For kids like Charlie, this is the best way to help them retain information. The next time your child has to study for a test or quiz, invite them "draw" the notes, instead.

And P.S. We're almost half-way through the school year. Please send fresh school supplies (PENCILS!!) to school with your child. It will thrill his/her teachers and give them one less thing to have to hound them about :)

P.P.S. Sorry about having to put off the Krumkake post another day; just ran out of candle tonight being Mom! I also got a very SECRET Santa gift in the mail today, and I will share the pic soon!

Love to you all :)


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