St Bernard’s College - Year 7 Parent Workshop – 20 March 2018 Supporting your son to be successful at school and in life “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings” Ann Landers
KEY TIPS Parent Engagement is still very much needed To manage time, children need to be able to at Secondary School – whilst different to primary see time – they need to see that time has a school I encourage parents to get involved; be there; be supportive; check in and touch base; know when to step back; encourage; provide advice (when asked for). There is still a place for analogue clocks - they demonstrate and show time passing. Children usually live in the NOW as that is the only time they see digitally these days – they usually don’t see more than 24-48 hours ahead and need support with this.
beginning, middle and an end. Time is 3 dimensional and we can’t expect anyone to manage time if they can’t see it!
Tools to assist with time - encourage them to use their school diary, understand and know their timetable as it tells them where they need to be, when they need to be there and what they need to have. MYSBC is also a useful resource to use.
Raise children as problem solvers rather than Encourage children to seek guidance and direction takers – don’t issue directions and let help from teachers – if they are not sure how long them take responsibility for what they need to do – this also helps with time management. The next time they have something ie after school activity don’t tell them what they need to do, bring etc. Instead ask them where do we need to be, what do you need to take and what time do you need to be there. Seek a child’s permission to offer advice as a parent rather than just giving it – they are likely to be more receptive if you do.
Using a diary – list all activities -afterschool, family
a piece of work should take ASK and use the time a teacher says to guide them as to how long they should spend on completing it. Also encourage them to ask questions, seek information when they don’t understand something in class – they can make a time or email a teacher to discuss.
Children can fit everything into their day if they plan or plan differently – it is about
learning to study smarter not harder! Time Timer – is a useful resource for children to not only manage time but see time. Useful to understand the passage of time. Use the 20 mins/5 mins technique to work/break – this method can help with getting started and keeping focus.
events, other commitments. They should include their homework/assignments on the due dates and also find time in their diaries for when they will complete the work – support to look and plan ahead. My zipper binders - a useful tool to assist with Have a homework environment that works - organisation of lockers and notes as it keeps all well-lit and free from distractions. Keep homework materials together and contained. materials in one place – use a magazine holder on a child’s desk to assist with this. Parents – supervise by don’t micromanage – Have a plan/set up routine - when they come be there to support but don’t do their plan or work home from school they should go to their desk and for them – let children learn and deal with put together a list of the work that needs to be consequences if they don’t complete it. Or another completed, estimate how long each task will take and way I put it was for parents to act as a ‘consultant’. then prioritise before having a break and starting. Amanda Lecaude, Academic Life Coach and Organising Expert @ Organising Students www.organisingstudents.com.au Contact: 0409 967 166
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