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David J. Doyle
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Dear Community Members, Parents, and Students:
How do I/we motivate all students to want to be successful in school? This is a question I ask myself daily. How do we convince students that the decisions they are making today will impact them the rest of their lives? The Scholastic website published “10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn”. Highlights from the article are:
I continue to research instructional strategies we can implement in the high school to positively impact students. Many staff members in the high school are currently attending a book talk focused on Mindset – The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Carol Dweck writes, “The purpose of this book is to learn how a simple belief about yourself guides a large part of your life. In fact, it permeates every part of your life. Much of what you think of as your personality actually grows out of this “mindset.” Much of what may be preventing you from fulfilling your potential grows out of it.” I am excited about the opportunity to have a collegial conversation with teachers about ways to identify strategies that will not only unleash our potentials – but your children's too. Our students have such bright futures, many students have identified ways to meet their intrinsic potentials, while some of our students need our guidance so that they can find their paths to success.
- Fill your child's world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials: novels, newspapers, even posters and placemats with words on them.
- Encourage him to express his opinion, talk about his feelings, and make choices. He can pick out a side dish to go with dinner and select his own extracurricular activities. Ask for his input on family decisions, and show that you value it.
- Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to find five facts about horses in the encyclopedia.
- Provide him with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles — from listening and visual learning to sorting and sequencing. Supplies that encourage open-ended play, such as blocks, will develop your child's creative expression and problem-solving skills as he builds. He'll need lots of unstructured play time to explore them.
- Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm. Discuss the different ways you find new information, whether you're looking for gardening tips on the Internet or taking a night class in American literature.
- Ask about what he's learning in school, not about his grades or test scores. Have him teach you what he learned in school today — putting the lesson into his own words will help him retain what he learned.
- Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work. If her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning. Check in with her regularly to make sure she's not feeling overloaded.
- Celebrate achievements, no matter how small. Completing a book report calls for a special treat; finishing a book allows your child an hour of video games. You'll offer positive reinforcement that will inspire him to keep learning and challenging himself.
- Focus on strengths, encouraging developing talents. Even if she didn't ace her math test, she may have written a good poem in English class. In addition to a workbook for math practice, give her a writing journal.
- Turn everyday events into learning opportunities. Encourage him to explore the world around him, asking questions and making connections.
If you have any questions please contact me at 659-2706 or email me at email@example.com.
Kendall Junior/Senior High School Principal