Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences are always slightly nerve racking for parents and teachers too. As parents, it’s always best to go prepared with some questions. This will also take away some anxiety and help build some confidence as you attend this important meeting.

 

 

Here are some good reminders:

1. First of all, always remember to thank your child’s teachers as they have one of the hardest jobs on the planet and they do it because they love children. That’s pretty amazing!!

2. If there is anything pertinent going on in the family, feel free to share this information with the teacher as this will help them understand and help your child better. Use wording such as “May I tell you what’s going on at home?”

3. Remember you are all a team, it’s important to build a good relationship with the teacher as they also want what’s best for your child.

4. Ask if you can help in the classroom in any way (Friday folders, center time, at-home prep work).

 

Here are some important questions to ask your child’s teacher:

1. How is my child doing socially?

2. How is my child doing academically compared to other students in the classroom? Is my child on grade level?

3. Is my child a motivated learner?

4. Which subject area is their strongest? Which subject area do they need most improvement?

5. What can I be doing at home? Can you give me strategies that I use at home to help my child?

6. If your child has special needs, make sure to ask about classroom accommodations and whether they are helping your child or not?

 

 

 

Remember you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your contribution, input and love for their education is so important! of course, if your child could use tutoring, Grasp Learning would love to help!

Some information taken from www.care.com

Why Tutoring?

Love for reading.
Research suggests that quality tutoring can benefit students in a number of ways, including:
1. Improving student work habits- By building on the learning that takes place during the school day, tutoring can help students improve planning, organizing and the way they approach learning, projects and assignments.
2. Personalization- Since instruction is delivered individually or in small groups, tutoring provides for immediacy of feedback.
3. More time-on-task- Tutoring allows students to receive additional help and reinforcement for learning skills and provides additional opportunities to practice the application of information.
4. Meeting specific student needs- Tutoring can offer students individual attention to help them learn in different and perhaps more effective ways in a smaller group environment. A tutor also provides an additional academic interaction focused on the individual student.
5. Reducing non-productive or risky behaviors- Tutoring offers students a safe, supportive environment after school and can help them make productive use of their time. Improving social and behavioral skills. They can become better communicators, make positive social and behavioral adjustments, form better relations with peers, and exercise more effective conflict-resolution strategies.
6. Increased ability to manage one’s own learning- As competency grows, confidence in academic performance increases. This is often seen in a positive shift in attitude toward the content area and school in general.
What makes us unique at Grasp Learning is that we offer only one-to-one tutoring with a certified teacher which only enhances learning and makes the benefits above, more applicable to our students.
Taken from the Supplemental Educational Services

The Future of Education

If you are familiar to Grasp Learning you have heard over the past year the term “Front Loading”. Front Loading is a form of learning in which the student is given all of the information related to a particular topic through various means and then required to study that topic through independent learning. Most front loading requires students to expose themselves to information at home or during their own free time at various points during their school day. This was a concept that I (Gordon Fields) introduced to my first grade students over four years ago; there were very few takers but I did have some participation. As a tutor for Korean students over ten years ago we also did a form of front loading during Summer School.

We at Grasp Learning have embraced the idea of front loading and we are seeing the benefits from our students as well. This could be the future of education.

A short time ago I wrote about the influx of online learning. More and more families are participating in online learning; it is the fastest growing venue for learning in the U.S.. At the heart of online learning is the idea of front loading. Students are given the responsibility to learn very specific content on their own at home. For younger students they may require more help at first from their parents but will slowly become more independent.

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Recently one of our customers shared a report she saw on “60 Minutes”. The basis of the report was centered around the founder of Khan Academy’s (Salman Khan) approach to learning. The heart of his approach to learning is to create a learning environment where students can be free to learn on their own at home and then complete enriching work in the classroom with one-to-one support from the “teacher”. This approach is what has been termed “Flipping the Classroom”. We at Grasp Learning are doing this every time our students come to us.

This very well could be the future of education around the world. If this becomes the norm you will begin to see that teacher roles are going to shift from being a lecturer to being a support for independent learning. Teachers will become a one-to-one guide for general learning in the classroom.

The Growth Of Tutoring

We at Grasp Learning are excited about the explosive growth of tutoring in the U.S. over the past decade. One of the primary reasons for this growth is the emerging global standard for education. Families are beginning to see that in order to compete on a globally competitive market their children need to be prepared to meet this emergence.

We at Grasp Learning have been working with families to help meet their educational goals since our onset. We continue to seek a transparent look so that our families will know exactly what their children are learning, where they are going academically, and move our students in the direction that their family wants them to go.

We at Grasp Learning are excited to announce two major changes that will aid in helping you understand what we do.
1. We have a new slogan: “Preparing Students For A Global Standard”. As we also continually adjust our educational view we seek to make a transparent approach to a more “world/global” view on education so that our future generation will be prepared to meet the needs of a global perspective.
2. Our Transparency: We at Grasp Learning seek to provide families with all of the information that they need in order to make an informed decision related to their child’s individual growth. We are initiating a new “Organic” approach to what we do. Soon you will begin to seek a clearer and more informative look for Grasp Learning. Everyone is beginning to seek a more in-depth knowledge as it relates to the products that they are buying (What is in it? Where did it come from? Why is it good for me?). We at Grasp Learning saw this in the products we were buying and we began to
ask ourselves, “Why can’t we begin using an “organic” approach to the services that we receive as well?” This is the center of our new “Organic”approach to sharing what we do so that our families are better informed as it relates to their child’s education. Check out our website for more information about what we do.

News You Can Use- Screen Time

News You Can Use

Screen Time

So we all, or almost all of us, connect to a screen at some point. As a matter of fact you are connecting to a screen right now while reading this post. Screen time is one’s use of a screen for entertainment, news, learning, etc. Many of us use screens as learning tools through the use of computers, smart devices, or, most popular, the television. We all have seen the value of using these tools as help for instructing our children and even ourselves. But can it be bad?

Well, we all know that everything is “OK” within balance. A recent article from the Mayo Clinic suggests that un-monitored screen time/ unbalanced screen time can actually be bad for our mental health. The American Pediatric Society indicated, in their study, that too much screen time can cause obesity, behavior problems, impaired sleep, poor academic performance, violence, and less time for play. If this is the case then how do we combat these potential issues?

Time is an important aspect when it comes to combating these potential problems related to too much screen time. Below is a list of suggestions you can use to help combat too much screen time.
1. Talk to your children about the importance of play and less screen time.
2. Eliminate unnecessary background noise from you television. This noise often distracts your child from focusing and often is a draw for them.
3. Keep televisions and computers out of the bedroom.
4. Don’t eat in front of the television.
5. Talk to care givers about limiting screen time.
6. As parents, be a good role model by limiting your own screen time.
7. Have your child get involved with family activities and chores such as cooking, cleaning, and even sports.
8. Unplug it if it is becoming an issue.
9. Become an active participant by:
– Planning what your child watches.
– Watching with your child.
– Have your child participate in an activity while watching television.
– Record or watch programs later.

Like all disciplines lessening screen time requires some effort before getting into a scheduled routine, but you will thank yourself when potential issues are staved due to your effort.